April 23, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The University of Rhode Island took the top three spots in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes on its way to winning the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday.
The Rams didn't have entries in four of the events, but still scored 178 points to win the five-team invitational. Robert Morris took second at 156.5 points and Duquesne took third at 132.
Rhode Island sophomore Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.), junior Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.) and freshman Brendan Lamboy (Warwick, R.I.) finished 1-2-3 in both the 100 and 200 dashes. Agyapong ran a 10.87 to win the 100 and a 21.45 to take first in the 200. Groce took second in the 100 (10.92) and 200 (22.45), while Lamboy finished third in the 100 (11.25) and 200 (22.63).
Senior Andre' Reid (South Windsor, Conn.) won both the shot put and discus, along with taking fourth in the javelin. Reid, who has been named Atlantic 10 Men's Track & Field Performer of the Week for the past three weeks, posted yet another NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the shot put with a toss of 58-feet-0 1/2. He won the discus with a heave of 162-6 and took fourth in the javelin with a throw of 174-4.
Rhode Island posted four personal bests in the hammer, led by sophomore Dan Godin (Coventry, R.I.), who won the event with a NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 189-11. Sophomore Paul Chobanian (Providence, R.I.) finished second at 177-2 and freshman Michael Bernardo (South Attleboro, Mass.) was fourth at 174-8. Junior Anthony Hengrasmy (Providence, R.I.) took sixth with a throw of 155-1 and sophomore Efstathios Michalopoulos (Woonsocket, R.I.) placed ninth at 147-6.
Senior Sean Bramley (New Paltz, N.Y.) finished second behind Reid in the discus with a throw of 162-0 and Bernardo finished seventh at 138-3. Freshman Ryan McCarthy (Worcester, Mass.) took fourth in the shot with a heave of 48-10 3/4 and junior Robert Scales (Middletown, N.J.) placed sixth in the javelin with a throw of 171-2.
Freshman Stephen Mateka (Sewell, N.J.) finished second in the 400 dash with a personal best time of 50.15 and junior Robert Johnson (East Providence, R.I.) followed in third in 50.47. Sophomore Dennis Sheppard (East Bridgewater, Mass.) ran a personal best 1:54.94 to take third in the 800, as did junior Andrew Clark (Reading, Mass.), who took fifth in 1:55.92.
Freshman Sean Strizzi (Latham, N.Y.) qualified for the New Englands in the pole vault with a winning height of 15-0. Senior Taylor Majewski (Warwick, N.Y.) crossed 14-6 in the pole vault to take second behind Strizzi. Senior Kevin Lopes (Portsmouth, R.I.) finished fifth in the high jump, clearing 6-2 3/4 and junior Andrew Poland (North Scituate, R.I.) finished eighth in the 5,000 in 16:03.79.
The 4x100 relay team of sophomore Darnell Douglas (Delmar, N.Y.), Lamboy, Agyapong and Groce won in a time of 41.55. The 4x400 relay team of Mateka, Lamboy, Douglas and Agyapong also took first in 3:16.02. The 4x800 relay team of senior Luis Rodrigues (Pawtucket, R.I.), sophomore Thomas Stepan (Nashua, N.H.), sophomore Dennis Sheppard (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and junior Andrew Clark (Reading, Mass.) qualified for the New England Championships with a time of 7:55.98 which put them in third.