Jan. 19, 2008
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island men's indoor track & field team placed second at the 2008 Sorlien Memorial Invitational Saturday afternoon at Mackal Field House on the URI campus. UConn captured first place with a final point total of 161 while the Rams finished with 135.5 points.
Sophomore James Whalen (Sinking Spring, Pa.) finished first in the heptathlon with a final point total of 4,404 while freshman David Kennedy (Essex Junction, Vt.) recorded a first-place finish in the 500m run, posting a time of 1:04.79.
The Rams also received first-place finishes in the pole vault and weight throw. Senior Sean Strizzi (Latham, N.Y.) captured the pole vault crown with a jump of 4.72m while classmate Michael Bernardo (South Attleboro, Mass.) brought home a win in the weight throw with a toss of 18.36m.
In the men's 200m dash, sophomore Michael Russell (Preston, Conn.) placed second with a time of 22.63, followed by Kennedy in third place with a time of 22.70. Freshman Cameron Cormier (Bangor, Maine) recorded a third-place finished in the 400m dash with a mark of 49.91.
Senior Yudehwheh Gbaa (Providence, R.I.) finished second in the 55m dash with a time of 7.76 while junior Alex Reid (Middletown, N.Y.) was fourth with a mark of 7.84. The Rams' 4x400 `A' team placed third with a time of 3:26.94.
In the long jump event, sophomore Michael Russell (Preston, Conn.) placed second with a jump of 7.11m and Gbaa was third in the triple jump with a final marking of 14.44m. Meanwhile, senior Ryan McCarthy (Worcester, Mass.) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 16.29m, followed by sophomore Tyler Adams (Newport, R.I.) in fourth place at 15.17m.
The Rams return to action on Friday, Jan. 25 when they travel to Boston, Mass. to compete in the Reebok Boston Indoor Games. The event begins at 4 p.m.