Honka Wins Pole Vault Title, Rams Lead After Day One at New England Championship

Honka Wins Pole Vault Title, Rams Lead After Day One at New England Championship

The Rhode Island Men's Track & Field team sits in first place after the first day of competition at the NEICAAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in Boston. With five events scored, the Rams (23) have a one point lead on reigning champion Northeastern (22).

HEPTATHLON

  • After four events in the heptathlon, senior Michael DiMambro is tied for first place with Merrimack's John Braga. Both athletes have 3034 points. DiMambro got things started with a first-place finish in the 60m dash (6.96s) before placing second in the long jump (6.86m), sixth in the shot put (11.72m) and second in the high jump (1.96m).
  • Junior Jacob Moran sits in fifth place with 2688 points. He placed fifth in the 60m dash (7.42s), fourth in the long jump (6.51m), third in the shot put (12.57m) and ninth in the high jump (1.75m).
  • Senior John Pangborn finished day one in 11th place overall. He was eighth in the 60m dash (7.46), eighth in the long jump (6.01m), seventh in the shot put (11.02m) and fourth in the high jump (1.81m).

FINALS

  • Junior Ondrej Honka won the pole vault, clearing a height of 5.15m to secure 10 points for the Rams. Freshman Ryan Wilkes also scored in the event, finishing third with a height of 5.00m.
  • Junior Mahlik Handley's distance of 17.66m in the weight throw was good for a sixth-place finish.
  • Sophomore Casey Burley finished fifth in the long jump, recording his best distance of the day - 7.06m - on his third attempt.

PRELIMS

  • Sophomore Adam Franklin qualified for tomorrow's finals in the 60m hurdles, finishing in 8.39 seconds - good for 11th overall. 
  • Three Rams qualified for tomorrow's 400m run finals: junior Jared Gray (48.75s), sophomore Adam Franklin (48.77s) and senior Kebba Nasso (48.85s). The respective prelim times were season bests for all three runners.
  • Sophomore Marlon Montague and junior Harrison Martin both advanced to Saturday's finals in the 500m run. Montague finished second overall with a qualifying time of 1:05.37 while Harrison was sixth in a time of 1:05.70.
  • Sophomore Nigel Hill and junior DeAngelo Berry both turned in qualifying times in the 60m dash. Hill was third overall (6.93s) while Berry finished 14th (7.07s).
  • Seniors Zach Campo (1:51.93) and Michael MacLean (1:53.59) advanced to tomorrow's 800m run finals as both runners finished with new personal bests. Sophomore Joe DiPalma (1:55.68) also PR'd in the event, but did not qualify for Saturday's finals.
  • Rhody's lone entrant in the 1000m run - junior Alexander McGrainer - won his heat and will advance to Saturday's finals with the second-best qualifying time (2:27.68 PR).
  • Sophomore Nigel Hill turned in the best time of the day in the 200m dash, finishing in 21.63. Classmate Joseph Carter also qualified for the finals, crossing the line in 21.89 (PR).