Feb. 17, 2011
KINGSTON, R.I. - Coming off last winter's runner-up finish, the University of Rhode Island men's track & field team looks to earn its sixth Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship since 2001 beginning this Friday at 9 a.m. inside Mackal Field House. The two-day competition runs through Saturday afternoon.
Under the helm for the Rams is head coach John Copeland, who is entering his 29th year with the program. Under his leadership, the Rams have won five A-10 Indoor Track & Field Championship titles (2001-2002, 2004-2005 and 2007).
Last year, Rhody recorded its third consecutive runner-up finish at the A-10 Indoor Championship, accumulating 129 points.
Rhody is led by senior David Kennedy who sits among the conferences' best in three middle distance events. Kennedy owns the top time in the 500m (1:03.06) and is second in both the 200m (21.75) and 400m (48.02). Two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honoree Anthony Davidson sits third in the 400m (48.53) and fifth in both the 200m (22.25) and 500m (1:04.20).
In the sprints, junior Nicholas Guscott holds the A-10's top time in the 55m dash (6.46) and is fourth in the 60m dash (7.01). Meanwhile, freshman Mark Castilletti and sophomore Shaikat Bardhan sit third (7.88) and fourth (7.91) respectively in the 55m hurdles.
URI looks to have an all-around strong performance in the field events as Jamie Kida (4.96m) and James Strawderman (4.80m) hold the top marks in the pole vault, while Jacob Keeling sits in the top-five of both the shot put (17.25m) and weight throw (17.75m) events.
The Rams also dominate the top spots in the heptathlon as Andrew Reigstad, Trent Baltzell, Wayne Seaton and Joseph Sliwoski are all represented in the top-six. Baltzell and Rainford Thomas also lead the conference with high jump marks of 2.07m and 2.04m, respectively.
For compete information on the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship, including live stats and schedule of events, please click here.