May 10, 2003
Durham, N.H. - The Rhode Island Men's Track and Field Team placed first at the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend with a team score of 127.
Leaders for the Rams were freshman Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.) who placed third in the 100m dash and first in the 200m dash with times of 10.74 and 21.53.
Junior Colin Aina (East Providence, R.I.) placed first in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.97, marking a new school record previously set back in 1991 by Jeffery Woods of 14.05. Aina also placed third in the 400m hurdles (53.39) and first in the long jump (23.02 1/2).
Fellow junior Jesse Andoscia (North Kingstown, R.I.) placed second in the 400m hurdles with is time of 53.27 marking a personal best for the season.
Sophomore Evan Lima (Warwick, R.I.) jumped for second in the high jump reaching 6-09 and fourth in the triple with his jump of 46-02 3/4, while senior Brett Matthews (Scarborough, Maine) reached first in the pole vault hitting 15-03.
Freshman Dustin Bilbruck (Gillespie, Ill.) went the distance for the Rams grabbing first in the decathlon with a total points score of 6286 as well as also marking a new school record.
The Rams' 4 x 100 team placed second with a time of 42.52, while the 4 x 400 team placed third (3:17.62).
After this weekends championships, the following Rams will move on to ICAAAA competition. Aina in the 110 and 400 hurdles, Andoscia in the 400 hurdles, Bramley in the discus, Matthews in the pole vault and freshman Rob Scales (Red Bank, N.J.)in the javelin.
ICAAAA competition begins on Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. in Princeton, N.J.
Top 10 Teams 1) Rhode Island 127 2) Southern Conn. 105 3) Northeastern 46 4) UMass Lowell 41 5) BU 39 6) Maine 36 7) Boston College 32 8) Bates 31 8) Williams 31 10) UMass Amherst 28.50