Rhode Island Running For A Three-Peat

Rhode Island Running For A Three-Peat

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island Men's Track & Field squad will be pursuing its third consecutive Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship, its fifth in the last six years and 20th Atlantic 10 Championship overall in program history when the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championships begin on Saturday. The two day championship competition starts Saturday morning at 9 a.m. from Mackal FieldHouse on the campus of the University of Rhode Island. 

The Rams have been led this season by three performers who lead the conference and will be seeded first in their respective events. Senior Samuel Snyder leads the shot put (17.63m; 57'10.25"), junior Malik Handley is tops in the weight throw (18.18m; 59'7.75") and freshman Ryan Wilkes has the top spot in the pole vault (4.80m; 15'9"). 

Rhode Island will compete in 15 individual events and three team relays.  

Seniors Zach Campo (1:52.46) and Michael MacLean (1:54.09) are seeded second and ninth in the 20 runner field for the 800m run. 

Junior Alexander McGrainer is seeded second with a seed time of 2:28.73 in the 1000m run. 

Rhody's Timothy Slack is seeded 17th in the Men's 1 mile run after posting a time of 4:20.30. 

The Rams have seeds three (Nigel Hill), six (DeAngelo Berry) and nine (Nigel Riley) in the 60 meter dash. Hill is also seeded second in the 200 meter dash after posting a seed time of 21.57. 

Sophomore Marlon Montague (1:03.75) is a three seed in the 500m dash. Montague will be joined by classmate Harrison Martin (1:05.22) who is seeded seventh. 

Rhode Island will also compete in three team relays; 4x400m, 4x800m and the distance medley.  

Rhody's pursuit for a three-peat begins from Mackal FieldHouse on Saturday morning with the Multi events at 9 a.m., followed by the running portion of the days events at 2 p.m.