Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships
Mackal Fieldhouse | Kingston, R.I.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012
Setting the Scene
Rhode Island successfully defended its Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship with a strong team-wide performance that included victory in five events on the second day of the conference championship. It was the seventh indoor league title for the Rams, who scored 186.5 points to hold off Charlotte (165.5). Fordham (91.5), Temple (82.5) and La Salle (78) rounded out the top five in the team standings.
Rhode Island Results
- Freshman Jalen Young took home Most Outstanding Rookie Performer honors. Young won the 400 meter dash and added a second-place finish in the 200m, where he was just .14 seconds , behind Xavier's Nick Williams.
- Sophomore Anthony Davidson was a part of two event titles. He won the 500m run, and then led the 4x400 relay team to a victory. Teaming with Davidson in the relay were junior Victor Boonham, sophomore Angelo DePrimo and freshman Ben Lakeman. He added a third-place finish in the 200m dash.
- Junior Ronald Woodley defended his crown in the triple jump by leaping 14.92 meters, well ahead of Temple's Gabriel Pickett (14.61m). Freshman Joseph Marini also scored for the Rams in the triple jump with a fourth-place finish.
- Junior Andrew Piscitelli led a second straight dominating performance in the throws for the Rams with a title in the shot put. As it did Friday in the weight throw, Rhody claimed three of the top four spots in the shot put, as freshman Sam Snyder placed third and junior Thaddeus Kusiak took fourth.
- Freshman Michael DiMambro placed second in the heptathlon. While he didn't win, his point total of 5,129 set a new school record and was better than the previous conference record of 4,888 set by Rhode Island's Andrew Reigstad last year. DiMambro had personal best marks in five of the seven events. Charlotte's Jake Wainwright won the heptathlon with a new conference record of 5,276 points.
- Head Coach John Copeland was named the conference Coach of the Year, the seventh time he has earned the honor for the indoor championships.
- A big reason for the team championship was Rhode Island's overall depth. In addition to scoring mentioned above, Rhody got:
A third- and a fourth-place finish from Ben Lakeman and Mark Castilletti, respectively, in the 400m dash.
A fourth-place finish in the 4x800 relay.
A sixth-place from Victor Boonham in the 200m dash.
An eighth-place finish from senior Nathan Wigton in the 1,000m run.
Rhode Island has the New England Indoor Championships in Boston, Mass. Feb. 25 and 26.