May 8, 2006
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rhode Island sophomore Ryan McCarthy won the shot put and placed in the top five in three other events to garner Most Outstanding Field Performer honors and lead the Rams to second place at the Atlantic 10 Championships, hosted by Charlotte.
The host 49ers won the event with 205 points, outdistancing the Rams (176), La Salle (113), Saint Joseph's (105) and Duquesne (94.33) to round out the top-five teams in the 10-squad field.
McCarthy registered a winning throw of 53 feet, 2 1/4 inches (16.21 meters) in the shot put, while finishing runner-up in the discus (151-5, 46.16) and hammer (153-11, 46.93) and fifth in the javelin (173-3, 52.81).
Sophomore Michael Bernardo won the hammer with a NCAA Regional-qualifying toss of 182-5 (55.61) and also placed fourth in the discus (142-0, 43.29).
Sophomore Yudehwheh Gbaa placed first in the 110-meter hurdles (14.53) and finished third in the 400-meter hurdles (55.00), behind sophomore champion Matthew DiMola (54.35) and freshman runner-up Matthew Chiesa (54.47) to lead the Rams to a sweep of the top-three places in the event. Gbaa also lept to second place in the triple jump (49-4, 15.04) and fifth in the long jump (22-10, 6.96).
Sophomore Sean Strizzi took first place in the pole vault (16-0 3/4, 4.90), edging out senior Adam Zucconi (15-7, 4.75) who finished runner-up and freshman John Carstensen (13-7 1/4, 4.15) who ended up fourth for URI.