Men's Track Sits in First Place After Day One at A-10 Championship

Men's Track Sits in First Place After Day One at A-10 Championship

May 5, 2007

Click here for first day results from the 2007 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The University of Rhode Island men's track & field team sit in first place after the first day of competition at the 2007 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

The Rams totalled 100 points - 44 better than second place Duquesne. Charlotte sits in third place (43 points), while La Salle is fourth (34).

Individually, freshman Michael Elliott won the high jump, clearing a height of 6-8.25. Fellow frosh Shawn Leonard was fifth, with a mark of 6-2.25.

Rhody also took three of the top four spots in the pole vault, as Sean Strizzi won the event for the third consecutive year. Strizzi cleared a height of 15-7. John Carstensen was second, going over 15-1. Andrew Westover was fourth (14-7.25).

The Rams took the top three spots in the discus throw, led by Derek Peterson's first place finish. The freshman won the event with a heave of 170-06. Ryan McCarthy was second (162-06), while Tyler Adams placed third (146-10).

McCarthy followed that up with a gold medal in the javelin (202-11) and a third place showing in the hammer throw (167-11). Michael Bernardo was second in the hammer, with a mark of 185-11. Peterson was fourth (163-10). In the javelin, Mason Folcarelli placed fifth, with a throw of 173-07.

In the long jump, Yudehwheh Gbaa placed fourth, with a leap of 23-00. Rhody's 4x800m relay team also picked up a point, finishing eighth in a time of 7:55.39.

In the prelims of the 100m, Ashhad Agyapong (10.52) and Michael Bland (10.66) moved onto tomorrow's final.

LaeJon Brooks (14.24) and Yudehwheh Gbaa (14.39) are the top two seeds in tomorrow's 110m hurdles final, while Christopher Adams was fourth (14.67).