May 6, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The University of Rhode Island men's outdoor track & field team won the 2007 Atlantic 10 Championship this afternoon at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center, on the campus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
It marked the sixth time in the last seven years that the Rams captured the conference crown. URI totalled 230 points - 81 more than second place Charlotte. Head coach John Copeland was named the 2007 A-10 Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year, while Ryan McCarthy was honored with the Most Outstanding Field Performer and Derek Peterson was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year.
In day two of competition, senior Ashhad Agyapong won the 100m (10.25) and 200m (21.16) events, individually, while anchoring the Rams' record-setting 4x100m relay team (40.82). Michael Bland finished third in both the 100m (10.43) and 200m (22.04), while also competing on the 4x100m squad. Brendan Lamboy finished eighth in the 200m (22.67).
LaeJon Brooks won the 110m hurdles, in a season-best time of 14.08. Teammates Yudehwheh Gbaa and Christopher Adams finished second (14.29) and fourth (14.63), respectively in the event. Brooks and Gbaa took the top two spots in the 400m hurdles, clocking 52.85 and 53.51, respectively.
Gbaa won the triple jump, while Michael Russell was fifth.
In the 400m, Desmond Brown crossed the finish line in 49.63, good for fifth place. James Whelan was fifth in the decathlon (5451 points). The Rams 4x400m relay squad took home a point, placing eighth overall (3:25.55). ----- In day one of action at the A-10 Championship, 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.