May 14, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of Rhode Island men's track & field team won its third-straight New England Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday, completing a sweep of the New England Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the same year for the first time in school history.
The Rams scored 126 points to win the title, holding off Dartmouth, which scored 119 points to take second place. Connecticut finished third with 92 points.
Rhode Island had already won the 2005 New England Indoor title in February, but the Rams had never won both the New England Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the same year. This is the first time since 1937-39 that the Rams won three-straight New England Outdoor titles.
"We had set our goals at the beginning of the year to win both the Atlantic 10 Indoor and Outdoor Championships and the New England Indoor and Outdoor Championships," Rhode Island head coach John Copeland said. "Over the last couple of weeks I have been preparing myself for dealing with not being able to pull that off, but once again the kids just came together and did a great job."
Sophomore LaeJon Brooks (West Orange, N.J.) led the Rams with 16 points, winning both the 110-meter high hurdles and 400 intermediate hurdles. Brooks took first in the 110 hurdles in a time of 14.58 seconds and won the 400 hurdles in 53.19 seconds.
Senior Andre' Reid (South Windsor, Conn.) won the shot put with a heave of 56-feet-4. Reid also took third in the discus with a throw of 161-0 and finished eighth in the javelin with a toss of 177-9.
Sophomore Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.) won the 400 dash in 21.92 seconds and was the runner-up in the 400 dash in 48.34 seconds. Junior Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.), despite still batting an injury, won the 100 dash in 11.10 seconds and took seventh in the 200 dash in 22.76 seconds.
Rhode Island took second, third and fourth in the pole vault with freshman Sean Strizzi (Latham, N.Y.) finishing as the runner-up with a height of 15-3. Junior Adam Zucconi (Marlton, N.J.) cleared 14-6 to finish third and senior Taylor Majewski (Warwick, N.Y.) placed fourth, also clearing 14-6.
The Rams' 4x100 relay team of freshman Stephen Mateka (Sewell, N.J.), freshman Brendan Lamboy (Warwick, R.I.), junior Robert Johnson (Rumford, R.I.) and sophomore Darnell Douglas (Delmar, N.Y.) finished second in a time of 41.79. Rhody's 4x400 relay team took fourth in 3:16.49.
Senior Sean Bramley (New Paltz, N.Y.) finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 159-2 and took sixth in the shot put with a toss of 51-8 3/4. Freshman Ryan McCarthy (Worcester, Mass.) followed in seventh place in the shot with a throw of 50-7 1/2.
Sophomore Paul Chobanian (Providence, R.I.) placed fifth in the hammer throw with a heave of 174-10 and sophomore Christopher Adams (Selden, N.Y.) finished fifth in the 110 hurdles in 15.14 seconds. Sophomore Dennis Sheppard (East Bridgewater, Mass.) took seventh in the 800 in 1:59.30
Rhode Island completed its goal of sweeping the Atlantic 10 and New England Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Now the Rams will try to get an individual qualifier to the NCAA National Championships. Rhode Island has five individuals and a relay team to the NCAA Regional qualifier beginning Friday, May 27 in New York, N.Y.
Reid will be participating in the shot put and discus, Agyapong is competing in the 200 and 400, Strizzi qualified in the pole vault, Brooks is in the 400 intermediate hurdles and Bramley is in the discus. The 4x100 relay team also qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships.