May 8, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rhode Island captured the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship, completing a sweep of the indoor and outdoor conference crowns.
The Rams compiled 179 points - including 100 on day two - to capture its eighth Atlantic 10 team title and first since 2008. Rhody edged defending champion Charlotte by 2.5 points. John Copeland earned 2011 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors.
Trent Baltzell and Andrew Reigstad finished 1-2 in the decathlon. Baltzell finished with a Rhode Island and A-10 championship meet record 6821 points, while Reigstad - the 2011 A-10 indoor heptathlon champion - collected 6638 points. Baltzell, who had placed second in the individual high jump (6-6 1/4; 1.99m) on Saturday, cleared 6-10 1/4 (2.09m) to win the HJ in the multi-event. He also won the javelin throw (177-5; 54.08m). Reigstad won the 100m (11.34) and 110m hurdles (15.11).
Wayne Seaton won his first Atlantic 10 individual title, taking first place in the 400m hurdles. The sophomore clocked a time of 53.03 seconds.
David Kennedy closed out an outstanding A-10 career with a second place finish in the 400m, clocking 47.65 seconds, and a fifth place finish in the 200m (21.53). Ronald Woodley also took home a silver medal, placing second in the triple jump. He registered a leap of 48-7 1/4 feet (14.81m). Jacob Keeling took second place in the shot put, with a toss of 55-8 1/4 feet (16.97m).
In the relays, Rhode Island took second place in the 4x400m relay (3:11.81), while finishing third in the 4x100m relay (41.57).
Several other URI student-athletes earned valuable points en route to the championship. Anthony Davidson was fourth in the 400m (48.27), while Nour Shahin (48-8; 14.83m) and Thaddeus Kusiak (43-3; 13.18m) were fourth and eighth in the shot put, respectively. Rainford Thomas was sixth in the triple jump (45-9; 13.94m) and Nick Guscott was seventh in the 100m (10.99).
Day one of competition saw several Rhody student-athletes medal, including a 1-2-3 finish in the high jump and a 2-3-4 finish in the pole vault. Keeling (javelin) and Rainford Thomas (high jump) each captured individual gold medals.