Oct. 9, 2002
KINGSTON, R.I. - In a poll released on Wednesday by the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Rhode Island men's track and field team was predicted to finish second overall by the Atlantic 10 coaches.
The Rams finished their 2002 season first in the Atlantic 10, scoring 192 points at the conference meet.
While coach Copeland eagerly awaits the beginning of the 2003 season he acknowledges that the team is in a bit of a rebuilding phase.
"Ten graduates including eleven Atlantic 10 champions proved to be a huge loss for us," Copeland said. "Only time will tell if we can rebound and defend our Atlantic 10 title, although this does put a huge burden on our incoming freshman class" said Copeland.
Seniors Brett Matthews (Scarborough, Maine) and William Johnston (Warwick, R.I.) as well as junior Colin Aina (East Providence, R.I.) have been named as this season's co-captains. Each is looking forward to leading the team both on and off the track, and hopefully to another Atlantic 10 title.