Feb. 26, 2005
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Rhode Island men's track & field team won its second championship in a week when the Rams took the 2005 New England Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday at Boston University with a team total of 112 points.
The victory was only the Rams' second indoor New England title in the 37-year history of the men's indoor team at URI. It was Rhody's third New England Championship in three years, including outdoor titles in 2003 and 2004. Rhode Island won the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship for the fourth time in the last five years last Saturday at Mackal Field House.
The Rams finished 39 points ahead of second-place UMass-Lowell, while Southern Connecticut State finished third with 65 points, Providence took fourth at 63 and Boston College was fifth with 53. Sacred Heart (48) placed sixth, followed by UConn (44) and UMass (44) in a tie for seventh.
Rhode Island sophomore Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.) won both the 200 and 400-meter dashes, repeating his performance of winning the same events at last week's Atlantic 10 Championships. Agyapong won the 200 dash in a time of 21.15 seconds after setting a New England and school record in the preliminaries with a time of 21.14. Both times were NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Agyapong also ran a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.01 to win the 400 dash.
Senior Andre' Reid (South Windsor, Conn.), coming off his Atlantic 10 shot put title, won the shot with a toss of 57-8 ½, while sophomore Dan Godin (Coventry, R.I.) also won his second championship in a week, winning the weight throw with a NCAA provisional qualifying heave of 63-1 ½.
Sophomore Darnell Douglas (Delmar, N.Y.) was the runner-up in the 500 in a time of 1:03.65 and senior Evan Lima (Warwick, R.I.) placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6-9. Senior Karsten Stammen (Helberstadt, Germany) took second in the heptathlon with a score of 4,950, just 10 points behind champion Michael Delgado of UConn.
Junior Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.) placed third in the 55-dash in a time of 6.44 and took third in the 200 dash in 21.30, which was actually .02 seconds faster than his New England record set in winning the event last year.
Sophomore Denis Street (Slate Hill, N.Y.) finished third in the long jump with a leap of 23-0 and placed seventh in the triple jump at 43-10. Freshman Sean Strizzi (Latham, N.Y.) took seventh in the pole vault, clearing 14-6. Sophomore LaeJon Brooks (West Orange, N.J.) placed third in the 55 hurdles in a time of 7.62 seconds, while sophomore Christopher Adams (Selden, N.Y.) finished sixth in 7.81 seconds. Adams also took eighth in the long jump with a leap of 21-7 ½.
The Rams now have three athletes (Agyapong, Godin and Reid) ranked on the NCAA performance lists in four events.