DiMambro, Stevens, Snyder to Represent Rhody at Junior Nationals in Indiana

DiMambro, Stevens, Snyder to Represent Rhody at Junior Nationals in Indiana

KINGSTON, R.I. – Three members of the Rhode Island men's track and field team will be competing this weekend at the U.S. Junior National Championships at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Michael DiMambro (Essex, Vt.) will compete in the decathlon, starting this afternoon. Also competing will be javelin specialist Jonathan Stevens (Warwick, R.I.) and discus thrower Sam Snyder (Hopewell, N.J.).

The junior nationals serve as the qualifying meet for the IAAF World Junior Championships, which are being held in Barcelona, Spain July 10-15. In order to be eligible for the junior nationals, an athlete can not turn 20 years old before the end of the calendar year.

To follow the progress of the Rhody contingent, click the "schedule and results" link on the USA Track and Field website.

During his freshman season, DiMambro scored 16 team points at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship to help the Rams defend their team title. He placed sixth in the long jump, fourth in the 60 meter dash and was the A-10 runner-up in the heptathlon. In doing so, he set the school record in the heptathlon with 5129 points. He did not compete during the outdoor season due to injury. During last year's junior nationals, his score of 6399 in the decathlon earned him an eighth-place finish.

As a javelin specialist, Stevens does not compete during the indoor season. In the spring, he helped helped URI sweep the podium at the A-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the event. His throw of 194'4" placed him third in the conference, which he followed up with a fourth-place finish at the New England Championships. 

Snyder A-10 All-Conference honors in the shot put during the indoor season. During the outdoor season, he was the second-place finisher in the discus, with a then personal-best throw of 165' 7". He followed that up the following week with a throw of 168' 4" to win the New England Championship. In NCAA competition, the discus weighs 2 kilogram discus, but the IAAF juniors use a slightly lighter weight of 1.75 kilograms.