Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships
Mackal Fieldhouse | Kingston, R.I.
Setting the Scene
Despite not having an individual title, Rhode Island leads the field after the first day of competition at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday. The Rams – seeking a third straight team title – scored 45 points to position themselves ahead of Charlotte (38). St. Joseph's (19), Butler (18) and VCU (17) round out the top five.
Rhode Island Results
- Rhode Island scored 19 team points in the weight throw as Thaddeus Kusiak, William Janes and Andrew Piscitelli took second, third and fourth, respectively. VCU's Brandon Ruffin won the event with a throw of 19.12 meters, outdistancing Kusiak by .91 meters.
- The Rams added 14 more team points in the long jump, as the trio of senior Ronald Woodley, senior Andrew Reigstad and freshman Benjamin Ezike placed in the top seven. Woodley was second, scoring eight points. Reigstad and Ezike were fifth and seventh, respectively, combining for six points.
- Senior Jonathan Bartlett and junior Jordan Burandt combined for 12 points in the pole vault. Bartlett was one of three vaulters to clear 15'9, but Xavier's Craig Krcal did so in fewer tries. Bartlett scored eight team points for second place, while Burandt added four points for fifth place.
- Rhode Island is positioned for points in the heptatlon, where the Rams hold three of the top five spots. Senior Andrew Reigstad won three of the four events held Saturday. He captured the 60-meter dash, long jump and high jump, and placed second behind Rhody junior Trent Baltzell in the shot put. Reigstad is 373 points ahead of the rest of the field. Baltzell is third in the overall standings, while freshman John Pangborn ranks fifth with three events remaining.
- The Rams have three of top four qualifiers in the 60m hurdles. Senior Wayne Seaton, junior Mark Castilletti and senior Shaikat Bardhan were second, third and fourth, respectively in the trials.
- The Rams have three men in the 60m dash finals. Senior Ronald Woodley and sophomore Tyler Oliveira placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the trials, while sophomore Michael DiMambro was eighth.
- Sophomore Jalen Young qualified for the 400m finals by running the fastest trial time of the day. Young ran the race in 49.49 seconds, .02 seconds better than Christopher Tate of Charlotte.
- A pair of Rams qualified in the 500m dash. Junior Anthony Davidson had the fastest qualifying time of the day with a 1:04.08, while freshman Zach Campo had the fifth best time at 1:05.09.
The A-10 Championships conclude Sunday in Mackal Fieldhouse, starting at 9 a.m.