Tribute To Torpey – Mackal Field House (200m unbanked track)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012
- Junior Ronald Woodley found himself in jumping battles with Temple throughout the day. Woodley won the triple jump with a leap of 14.99 meters to edge Temple sophomore Gabriel Pickett (14.92m). Woodley nearly took the long jump as well with his distance of 6.76m, but was nipped by Temple freshman Lional Wilson (6.80m).
- The Rams got a pair of victories in the sprints, as junior Victor Boonham took honors in the 200m dash, and freshman Jalen Young won the 400m dash.
- Sophomore Anthony Davidson came up just shy of the Mackal Fieldhouse record in the 500m run. He won the race in a time of 1:04.66, less than two seconds off the record of 1:02.72.
- Rhode Island's strength in the weight throw was apparent. Junior Thaddeus Kusiak won the event with a toss of 19.04m, outdistancing fellow Ram William Janes. Janes had won the event for URI last week at the Boston University Terrier Classic.
- The Rams also took the top two spots in the pole vault, as sophomore James Strawderman (4.58m) and junior Jonathan Bartlett (4.43m) topped the field.
- Before the meet, Rhode Island head coach John Copeland led a tribute to Charles Torpey, the man in whose memory the meet was held. Torpey, the longtime head coach of the men's team at La Salle, passed away in July.
- The Rhode Island seniors also were honored before the meet, as Saturday marked the team's final regular-season meet at home.
Rhody returns to action next week at the Armory Winter Games in New York on Friday, Feb. 10. It will be the final regular season meet before the Atlantic 10 Championships at URI Feb. 17-18.