Feb. 18, 2006
KINGSTON, R.I.-Rhode Island junior Ashhad Agyapong is named the Atlantic 10 Championship Outstanding Track Performer for the second consecutive year after he scored 26 points to help lead the Rams to a second-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship, hosted by the University of Rhode Island, Saturday. The Rams scored 146 total points behind Charlotte with 180 points.
Agyapong took first-place in the 200-meter dash with his time of 21.63 and another first place in the 400-meter dash with his time of 47.89. He also anchored Rhode Island's 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Stephen Mateka, senior Robert Johnson and junior Matthew DiMola which took third-place with their time of 3:23.56.
Sophomore Sean Strizzi (4.80 meters), senior Adam Zucconi (4.65) and freshman John Carstensen (4.65) swept first, second and third-places in the pole vault to earn 24 points for the Rams.
Senior Evan Lima won the high jump with his mark of 2.06 which tied the championship record of three consecutive gold medals in the event. Sophomore Yudehwheh Gbaa took second-place in the triple jump with a mark of 14.90 and took fifth-place in the long jump with his mark of 6.87.
In the throwing events, sophomore Ryan McCarthy earned first-place in the shot put with his mark of 16.04 and took fifth-place in the weight throw (14.89). Sophomore Michael Bernardo took second-place in the weight throw with his mark of 16.73.
The Rams qualifying athletes will compete at the New England Championship next Friday and Saturday, February 24th-25th in Boston.