Feb. 17, 2007
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island won its fifth team title in seven years, Saturday, at the Atlantic 10 Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships in URI's Mackal Field House.
Rhody junior Yudehwheh Gbaa (Providence, R.I.) was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete, while head coach John Copeland garnered his fourth Coach of the Year Award for the Rams. La Salle senior Sean Quigley (Braintree, Mass.) was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer, and Temple's Josh Louis (Spring Valley, N.Y.) earned Most Outstanding Rookie honors.
Rhode Island scored 190 points, finishing ahead of La Salle (162), defending champion Charlotte (143), Massachusetts (60) and Fordham (51) in the top five of the 10-team field.
Gbaa was crowned champion in the triple jump with a leap of 50 feet, 2 ¾ inches (15.31m), while finishing third in the long jump (22-10 ¾, 6.98m). He also registered a third-place showing in the 55-meter hurdles with a 7.64 clocking.
Quigley set an A-10 Championship record with a time of 4:09.30 in winning the mile, breaking the previous mark of 4:10.45 posted by Saint Joseph's Brian Rosetti in 2003. He also successfully defended his 3,000-meter crown, finishing in a time of 8:27.12. Graduate student teammate John Butler (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) finished second in both events, registering times of 4:11.61 in the mile and 8:31.93 in the 3,000 for an Explorer sweep of the top-two spots in both events.
Louis was named A-10 Champion in the high jump after clearing 6-7 (2.01m).
Rhode Island senior Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.) swept the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes for the third-straight season, crossing the finish line in 21.33 and 48.77, respectively, in each event. He also finished third in the 55-meter dash in 6.38. Rhody junior Sean Strizzi (Latham, N.Y.) also defended his pole vault title with a winning effort of 15-9 (4.80m), edging sophomore teammate John Carstensen (Staten Island, N.Y.) in second place with a vault of 15-3 (4.65m).
Charlotte junior Jason Moore (Charlotte, N.C.) crossed the line in the 55-meter dash with a winning time of 6.21, while running to second place in the 200 meters with a 21.67 showing.
Now in his 25th season at Rhode Island, Copeland was also named the A-10 Indoor Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2004. This season's title marked the Rams' fifth conference championship as they also won it in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
2007 Atlantic 10 Men's Track & Field Championships
Mackal Field House, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.
Team Scores: 1) Rhode Island 190; 2) La Salle 162; 3) Charlotte 143; 4) Massachusetts 60; 5) Fordham 51; 6) Saint Joseph's 47; 7) Richmond 38; 8) Temple 37; 9) Xavier 8; 10) Saint Louis 1.