Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship
George Mason University | Fairfax, Va.
Setting the Scene
Rhode Island got three individual champions as it found itself atop the team standings after the first day of the Atlantic 10 Men's Track & Field Championship Saturday.
Junior Mahlik Handley successfully defended his crown in the hammer throw, while sophomore Ondrej Honka and junior Nick Danner won the pole vault and javelin, respectively. For Danner, it marked a third consecutive title in the A-10 Outdoor javelin.
With six events completed, the Rams have 68 points, giving them a 14-point lead over host George Mason. The top two teams are well in front of the rest of the field. Rounding out the top five are Massachusetts (23), Fordham (22) and VCU (21).
Rhode Island Results
- Carrying on a tradition of Rhode Island power in the throwing events, junior Mahlik Handley and freshman Joseph Mattson took the top two spots in the hammer throw. Handley – who won his third straight A-10 title in the event – had a toss of 60.75 meters that put him well in front of the field. Mattson added a best throw of 52.02 meters as the Rams scored 18 team points in the event.
- Sophomore Ondrej Honka – who also won the pole vault at the A-10 indoor championship earlier in the year – finished with a winning height of 5.05m. Freshman Ryan Wilkes placed fifth to score four points, and junior William Thibault added one team point with his eighth-place finish.
- Sophomore Nick Danner won the javelin with a distance of 60.79 meters, just beating VCU's Drew Hess (59.69m). It was the third straight outdoor title in the event for Danner. In addition to the 10 points for Danner's win, the Rams got five points from Jacob Moran's fourth-place finish and three points from John Pangborn, who placed sixth.
- Moran and Pangborn are also in position to contribute team points in the decathlon. The pair of Rams sit in fifth and sixth place, respectively, after five events on Saturday.
- Rhode Island's depth was key in the long jump, as the Rams took second, fourth and fifth to net 17 team points. Sophomore Casey Burley was second with a jump of 7.33 meters, just behind the winning leap of 7.37 meters by George Mason's Rawshawn Bishop. Rhody's Tor Dworshak and Ryan Rei placed fourth and fifth in the event, respectively.
Rhode Island Qualifiers
- Three Rams will compete in the 100-meter finals on Sunday, as sophomore Nigel Hill, freshman Joseph Carter and junior DeAngelo Berry all advanced through the preliminary round.
- Seniors Kebba Nasso and Zach Campo advanced to the finals in the 400 and 800, respectively.
- Freshman Adam Franklin will compete in two finals Sunday after he advanced in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. He will be joined by sophomore John Stallworth in the 110 finals.
Rhode Island – 68
George Mason – 54
Massachusetts – 23
Fordham – 22
VCU – 21
Davidson – 19
Saint Louis – 13
Duquesne – 5
La Salle – 5
St. Joseph's – 4
The A-10 Championship concludes Sunday starting at 8:45 a.m.