March 6, 2005
BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Andre' Reid (South Windsor, Conn.) took second in the shot put with a school record heave of 60-feet-8 ½ to lead the Rams to a 17th place finish out of 53 teams at the ICAAAA Championships, held over the weekend.
The Rams, who are the 2005 Atlantic 10 and New England Indoor Track & Field Champions, finished 17th with 18.33 points at the ICAAAAs, which includes teams from throughout the East Coast, as far south as North Carolina.
Reid broke his school record for the third time this year with all three record-setting throws taking place at Boston University. Reid's previous record was 60-4 ½ set on Feb. 12 at the Valentine's Invitational. Reid's mark is yet another NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the shot put for the senior. Reid and sophomore Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.) are still in contention to qualify for the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Reid and Agyapong will find out Tuesday if they will be included in the shot put and 200-meter dash, respectively.
Agyapong, who ran an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and school record time of 21.14 in the 200 dash last week at the New England Championships, ran a 21.36 to take third at the ICAAAAs. Agyapong ran a 21.36 in the preliminaries to advance.
Sophomore Dan Godin (Coventry, R.I.) who is another Ram to post an NCAA provisional qualifying mark this winter, took fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 61-7. Junior Adam Zucconi (Marlton, N.J.) cleared a personal best 15-5 in the pole vault to finish 10th
Senior Evan Lima (Warwick, R.I.) tied for eighth in the high jump with a leap of 6-7. Sophomore LaeJon Brooks (West Orange, N.J.) ran a 7.68 in the preliminaries of the 55 hurdles and then posted a time of 7.65 in the semifinals, but didn't advance to the finals. Sophomore Christopher Adams (Selden, N.Y.) ran a 7.79 in the preliminaries of the 55 hurdles and sophomore Darnell Douglas (Delmar, N.Y.) ran a 49.48 in the preliminaries of the 400 dash.
Junior Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.) ran a time of 21.60 in the preliminaries of the 200 dash, but could not compete in the finals due to an injury.
The Rams open the 2005 outdoor season as a team on March 26 at the Northeastern Cohen Invitational. Rhode Island has won the last four Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.