Oct. 15, 2004
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island men's track & field team is picked to win the 2005 Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship, which will be hosted by the Rams Feb. 19 at Mackal Field House.
La Salle was picked second and Saint Joseph's third in the poll voted on by the conference's coaches.
The Rams have won three of the last four Atlantic 10 Indoor titles and four-straight A-10 Outdoor championships.
The Rams won 10 of 19 events, including five of six field events as it took the 2004 conference indoor championship.
The Rams return the majority of its scorers from last year, including sophomore Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.), who as named the 2003 Indoor Championship's Most Outstanding Rookie. Agyapoing won the 500-meter run in 1:04.84, placed second in the 200 dash in 22.26 seconds and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team.
Junior Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.) returns after winning the 200 dash in 21.49 seconds and taking second in the 55 dash in 6.42 seconds. Senior Sean Bramley (New Paltz, N.Y.) is back after winning the weight throw with a toss of 54 feet, 7 1/2 inches and taking second in the shot put with a heave of 50-7 1/2.
Senior Andre Reid (South Windsor, Conn.) returns after winning the shot put with a heave of 53-2 1/4 and taking third in the weight throw with a toss of 48-4 3/4. Junior Robert Johnson will look to defend his 400 dash title which he won in 49.10 seconds and senior Taylor Majewski will look to repeat as the conference indoor pole vault champion, having cleared 14-9 to win last winter.
Sophomore Denis Street (Slate Hill, N.Y.) will defend his long jump championship, which he won with a leap of 23-2.
The Rams' 4x400 relay team returns entirely intact with sophomore Darnell Douglas (Delmar, N.Y.), Agyapong, Groce and Johnson back after running a 3:18.75 in last year's indoor A-10 Championship.
The Rams open the season with the URI Heptahlon on Dec. 10 and 11 at Mackal Field House.