Rhody Three-Peats At Atlantic 10 Track & Field Championships

Rhody Three-Peats At Atlantic 10 Track & Field Championships

POST CHAMPIONSHIP INTERVIEWS

How It Happened

In dramatic fashion, the URI Men's Track & Field squad came from behind in the last event to win the 2016 Atlantic 10 Track & Field Championship on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Rams have now claimed three consecutive conference indoor titles - five in the last six years - and 20 overall in program history. 

Rhody and George Mason battled back and fourth all day with Mason leading by the slimiest of margins (180.83 - 180.66) heading into the final event of the day, the Men's 4x400 relay. Rhody's team of Nigel Hill, Adam Franklin, Kebba Nasso and Marlon Montague finished second (3:18.88) to Mason's fifth place finish (3:24.81) giving the Rams the title.

Rhode Island totaled 188.66 points to hold off George Mason (184.83) while Massachusetts (90.83), Saint Joseph's (69) and Davidson (57) rounded out top five finishing three thru five respectively. 

URI was victorious in large part to its 12 top-three finishes on the final day which included wins by Michael DiMambro (8.05s) in the 60 meter hurdles and Samuel Snyder (16.99m) in the shot put. 

Rhode Island Highlights

  • Sophomore John Stallworth finished second to DiMambro in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.17s; teammate Adam Franklin took sixth with a total time of 8.49s.
  • Darrik Muroski placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 15.43m and teammate Mahlik Handley took ninth. 
  • DiMambro finished second in the men's heptathlon with 5234 total points; John Pangborn took fourth and Jake Moran finished ninth. 
  • Junior Jack Kahrs and classmate Jacob Reilly both took silver in the high jump with jumps of 1.99m.
  • Freshman Timothy Slack ran the mile in a total time of 4:28.32.
  • In the men's 400m Nasso was fourth clocking a time of 49.43s. 
  • Zach Campo ran the 800m in 1:56.85 which placed him fourth.
  • In the 1000-meter run, Alexander McGrainer took bronze posting a time of 2:31.57. 
  • Montague (1:05.54) placed fifth in the 500m run.
  • Rhody finished third (Nigel Hill, 6.91s) and fifth (DeAngelo Berry, 6.95s) in the men's 60m dash. Hill took silver in the 200m run, posting a time of 21.74s. 
  • In the triple jump, Nigel Riley (14.53m), Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja (14.32m) and Ryan Rei (14.16m) finished 2-3-4, respectively. 
  • The 4x800 relay team of Joseph DiPalma, Michael MacLean, Alexander McGrainer and Zach Campo finished fifth with a combined time of 7:51.66.

Up Next
Rhode Islannd will look to capture another championship this season when it travels to Boston University for the New England Chanpionship February 26-27. Rhody has won 19 New England Championships in program history. Events get underway Friday, February 26 at noon.