Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship
George Mason University | Fairfax, Va.
Setting the Scene
Senior Samuel Snyder set a new Atlantic 10 record in the discus and won a pair of individual titles to lead Rhode Island to a second-place finish at the conference championship Sunday.
It was a two-team battle on the men's side, as host George Mason outlasted the Rams. The Patriots won with 215 points, while Rhode Island scored 201 points, the most ever by a second-place team at the league meet. No other school had more than 67 team points.
Snyder continued his tour de force spring by breaking a five-year-old Atlantic 10 record in the discus. Snyder's throw of 186 feet, four inches – which broke his own school record that he set last weekend – was more than three feet further than the previous A-10 mark of 182'10 by Charlotte's Jake Deaton in 2011.
Rhode Island also got second and sixth in the discus from freshman Nicholas White and sophomore Darrik Muroski, respectively. White had a throw of 148'11, which was more than four feet further than the third-place finisher.
Snyder and Muroski added 14 team points in the shot put. Snyder's distance of 55'5¾ was good for the title, while Muroski placed fifth overall.
Rhody placed first and second in the 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore John Stallworth was victorious in 14.41 seconds, while freshman Adam Franklin took second with his time of 14.57, giving the team 18 total points in the event.
Junior Jack Kahrs and sophomore Jacob Reilly combined to score 16 points in the high jump. Kahrs won the individual title with a height of six feet, 10¾ inches, beating George Mason's John Seals and Reilly by 2 ¼ inches.
Rhode Island Results
- Freshman Adam Franklin scored eight team points with his second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. Franklin gave the Rams 16 points on the day, as he also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles.
- Rhode Island took third and fourth in the decathlon, as junior Jacob Moran and senior John Pangborn both finished with 6420 total points.
- Sophomores Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja and Nigel Riley placed second and fourth, respectively, in the triple jump to combined for 13 team points.
- Rhode Island was second in both the 4x100 and the 4x800. The 4x100 team of DeAngelo Berry, John Stallworth, Adam Franklin and Casey Burley finished in a time of 41.23 seconds, just behind George Mason's winning time of 40.54 seconds. La Salle won the 4x800 race in 7:33.08, while the Rams' quartet of Harrison Martin, Mike MacLean, Zach Campo and Alex McGrainer came in with a time of 7:36.72.
- Rhody's 4x400 team of Marlon Montague, Jared Gray, De'Von McGriff and Kebba Nasso took third place in a tight finish. Saint Joseph's won the event in 3:11.31, followed by George Mason (3:11.81) and the Rams (3:12.37) as the top three teams were separated by just 1.06 seconds.
- DeAngelo Berry, Nigel Hill and Joseph Carter placed sixth, seventh and eighth in the 100-meter dash, combining to scored six team points.
- Zach Campo placed sixth in the 800 to contribute three team points.
- Senior Kebba Nasso placed eighth in the 400 meters, scoring one team point.
George Mason – 215.0
Rhode Island – 201.0
La Salle – 67.0
VCU – 21
Massachusetts – 23
St. Joseph's – 4
Saint Louis – 13
Davidson – 19
Fordham – 22
Duquesne – 5
George Washington – 3.0
Rhode Island will compete at the New England Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The three-day event begins Thursday, May 12 with the start of the decathlon.