Feb. 16, 2008
KINGSTON, R.I. - Seniors Michael Bernardo (South Attleboro, Mass.), Yudehwheh Gbaa (Providence, R.I.), and Sean Strizzi (Latham, N.Y.) helped the University of Rhode Island to a second-place finish at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday afternoon at Mackal Field House on the URI Campus. Charlotte - which earlier in the day captured its third-straight women's title - won their second A-10 championship in three years with a final point total of 181. The Rams finished with 156 points and La Salle placed third with 112 points.
Bernardo won the weight throw with a toss of 59-01.25, which earned him a spot on the A-10 All-Conference team. Classmate Ryan McCarthy (Worcester, Mass.) placed fifth in the event with a throw of 52-01.50.
Gbaa, meanwhile, took first in the men's triple jump with a score of 50-08.25 and second in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.62 to earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors. He was also named Most Outstanding Field Performer.
In the pole vault, Rhode Island student-athletes captured first, second, and third place. Strizzi won the event with a vault of 15-09.00 while junior John Carstensen (Staten Island, N.Y.) was second with a score of 15-09.00 (Strizzi places first based on tie-breaker). Freshman Shunzaburo Kida (Essex Junction, Vt.) placed third with a vault of 14-09.00. Strizzi and Carstensen were both named to the A-10 All-Conference team.
Sophomore Shawn Leonard (Stoughton, Mass.) also earned A-10 All-Conference honors as he won the high jump, clearing 6-08.25. Sophomore Michael Elliot (Lisbon, Conn.) and freshman Steve Lally (Lincoln, R.I.) tied for fifth-place finish in the event as each registered a jump of 6-04.25.
Freshman David Kennedy (Essex Junction, Vt.) won the 500m run and a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team with a time of 1:03.92. He also placed fourth in the 200m dash (22.53).
Sophomore Tyler Adams (Newport, R.I.) also earned A-10 All-Conference honors for his second-place finish in the shot put (51-07.00). Classmate Jacob Keeling (Chepachet, R.I.) cracked the top five in the event, placing fourth with a throw of 49-05.00.
In the 55m dash, junior Michael Bland (Long Branch, N.J.) took second with a time of 6.42, earning A-10 All-Conference honors in the process. Sophomore Michael Russell (Preston, Conn.) placed third in the long jump with a leap of 23-01.25.
Senior Thomas Barek (Portsmouth, R.I.) turned in a solid performance in the 800m run, placing fourth with a time of 1:56.40. Freshman Cameron Cormier (Bangor, Maine) recorded a fifth-place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 50.28.
The Rams 4x400m relay team of Cormier, Kennedy, and seniors Brendan Lamboy (Warwick, R.I.) and Stephen Mateka (Sewell, N.J.) placed fifth with a time of 3:22.84. In the 4x800m relay, the Rams' team of sophomore Kurt Henning (Dresher, Pa.), freshman Nick Sanborn (Nashua, N.H.), and juniors Matthew Cunningham (King of Prussia, Pa.) and Ryan Karwiel (Melrose, N.Y.) also placed fifth with a time of 7:56.29.
Charlotte coach Bob Oleson was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year while Darius Law of Charlotte took home Most Outstanding Rookie Performance honors. Sean Quigley of La Salle was named Most Outstanding Track Performer.
The Rams return to action on Friday, February 29 when they compete at the New England Championships in Boston, Mass.