May 14, 2004
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island men's track and field team will be sending thirteen of its individual plus the 4x100 and the 4x400 relay teams to the ICAAAA Championship on May 15-16 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. All thirteen athletes plus the two relay teams have qualified for the event with times set at previous meets and will be looking to break school records in the relays and in the individual events.
Senior Colin Aina (East Providence,R.I.) had an exciting weekend at the New England's where he won his eighth high hurdle title at the event with a time of 14.22. Last year at the IC4A, Aina was the only Ram to qualify for finals competition, and placed second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.24 earning an IC4A runner-up title. The 2004 Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Rookie, LaeJon Brooks (West Orange, N.J.) will also be competing in the 110m hurdles. LaeJon claimed second in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdle helping the University of Rhode Island claim their fourth consecutive A-10 title.
Eric Groce a sophomore from Rutland, Vt. will compete in the 100 and 200m dashes. Groce won the 100m event at the New England Championship with a time of 10.86 and also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100. Groce also claimed Most Outstanding Track Performer at the 2004 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship where he won both the 100 (10.46) and 200 (21.89) dashes.
The 4x100 relay team of Aina, Rob Johnson, Ashhad Agyapong, and Eric Groce just came off their latest win at the New England Championship with a time of 41.63 and will look to break records this weekend. The 4x400 made up of freshman Darnell Douglas, Johnson, Agyapong, and Jesse Andoscia will also look to break records and set season highs.
Senior William Johnston from Warwick, R.I. won the hammer event last weekend at the New England Championship with a personal best of 199'2". Johnston has also had successes with a 197'7" in the hammer at Penn Relays and had another win at the Atlantic 10 Championship with a mark of 197'2". Johnston will be competing in the hammer event along with fellow teammates freshman Dan Godin (Coventry, R.I.) and freshman Paul Chobanian (Providence, R.I.)
Andre Reid (South, Windsor, Conn.) who was also named the 2004 Most Outstanding Field Performer at the Atlantic 10 Championship will compete in the discus as well as the shot put. Reid broke his own record for the third time in the shot with his throw at the New England Championship of 58'2" that placed him second. Reid took gold at the A-10 Championship in the discus, with a mark of 157'.00.
Junior Robert Scales (Middletown, N.J.) who had his seasonal best at the New England Championship in the javelin event with a throw of 196'9" will look to repeat his successes this weekend as he competes in the javelin.
Evan Lima, the high jumper from Warwick, R.I., will also look to improve upon his personal best jump of 6'9" that earned him third at the New England Championship.