Feb. 25, 2005
BOSTON, Mass. - The Atlantic 10 Champion University of Rhode Island men's track & field team is in first place after the first day of the New England Indoor Men's Track & Field Championships.
The Rams have 32 points, 10 points ahead of second-place MIT. Rhode Island will look to win the New England Indoor Championship when the meet concludes on Saturday at Boston University. The Rams won last year's New England Outdoor title, but finished second at the N.E. Indoor Championships.
Sophomore Dan Godin (Coventry, R.I.) won the New England Indoor Championship in the weight throw with a heave of 63-feet-1 1/2.
Rhode Island sophomore Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.) had the fastest time in the preliminaries for both the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Agyapong set a school and New England record in the 200 in a time of 21.14 seconds and had the best prelim time in the 400 dash at 48.06.
Junior Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.), the defending New England champion and former record holder in the 200 dash, had the second fastest prelim time behind Agyapong in 21.72 seconds.
Senior Karsten Stammen (Helberstadt, Germany) finished second in the heptathlon with 2,685 points, just five points behind winner Michael Delgado from UConn (2,690). Junior Patrick Mills (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was seventh in the heptathlon with 2,256 points.
In the prelimaries for the 55 dash, Groce had the second fastest time at 6.46 seonds. Sophomore LaeJon Brooks (West Orange, N.J.) had the fastest preliminary time in the 55 hurdles in 7.66 seconds. The finals for both events will be Saturday.