KINGSTON, R.I. – The Rams earned the Atlantic 10 Conference crown in indoor track & field the past two seasons and are looking to do the same in outdoor this weekend at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
The two-day meet runs Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6 at the UMass Track & Field Complex in Amherst, Mass.
Rhode Island is traveling to Amherst after a full two and a half weeks at Princeton, Holy Cross, Penn and Brown.
In Princeton, Jacob Keeling won the javelin and placed second in the shot put in personal bests. The Rams earned 10 first-place finishes at Holy Cross to beat New Hampshire, Holy Cross and Worcester State. Jonathan Bartlett also earned the highest vault in URI history since 1982 with his winning pole vault at Holy Cross.
At the Penn Relays, Thaddeus Kusiak earned eighth in the Hammer Throw Championship and at Brown Anthony Davidson and Keeling made Atlantic 10 leading performances in the 400m dash and shot put, respectively, for first and second place.
The Rams won the 2011 Atlantic 10 outdoor title with 179 points, edging defending champion Charlotte by 2.5 points. The team earned 100 points on the second and final day. Head coach John Copeland was named the 2011 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. This was Rhody's first title since earning back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2007.
For complete information on the 2012 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship visit the official A-10 website.