Harvard Beantown Challenge
Rhode Island Rams vs. Harvard Crimson, Brown Bears, UMass Minutemen, UMass Lowell River Hawks, Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Stonehill Skyhawks
Gordon Indoor Track - Boston, Mass.
The Rhode Island Rams men's track & field team had a strong performance at the Harvard-hosted Beantown Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The Rams won the event, tallying up 156.33 points. They defeated UMass Lowell (124.33), Rutgers (91), Brown (90.83), Harvard (85), UMass (58) and Stonehill (36).
The team tallied three first-place finishes as 11 total athletes medaled through the day.
- Senior captain Alexander McGrainer won the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:27.80.
- Junior Marlon Montague took first in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.02 seconds. Seniors Jared Gray and Anthony McQueen also placed in the finals, coming in with times of 50.88 and 51.72, respectively.
- The long jump also saw Rhody take the top-two spots. Junior Casey Burley won the event with a jump of 7.17 meters, while senior captain Nigel Riley came in second with a jump of 6.85 meters.
- Burley also took second in the triple jump with a distance of 14.61 meters, a new personal record. Riley and junior Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja also placed in the event with distances of 14.43 meters and 14.32 meters, respectively.
- Senior John Stallworth finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.27 seconds. Junior Adam Franklin also competed in the finals, taking fifth with a time of 8.42 seconds.
- In the 300-meter finals, juniors Nigel Hill and Adam Franklin finished second and third, respectively. Hill ran it in 34.06 seconds and Franklin ran it in 34.90 seconds.
- Hill also came in second in the 60-meter hurdle finals with a time of 6.90 seconds.
- Freshman Max Dickens showed well in his collegiate debut, fifth in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:05.59.
- Three Rams placed in the 200-meter run. Stallworth finished fourth (22.63), senior DeAngelo Berry finished fifth (22.69) and junior Jaleel Felton tied for seventh (22.74).
- The Rhody team of McGrainer, Timothy Slack, Rock Fortna and Joe Maguire took silver in the 4x880-meter relay, completing it in 8:03.33.
- The team of Felton, Dickens, Hill and Montague finished fourth of the finals of the 4x440-meter relay, finishing in 3:21.75.
- Junior Darrik Muroski was the only Ram to place in shot put, taking seventh with a distance of 14.47 meters.
- Junior Jacob Reilly tied for second in the high jump, jumping 1.99 meters.
- Sophomore Ryan Wilkes won silver in the pole vault with a height of 4.95 meters. Senior Ondrej Honka and freshman Drew Nealey also placed in the event with Honka vaulting 4.80 meters and Nealey vaulting 4.50 meters.
The Rams' multi-event competitors will take part in the URI Heptathlon on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. The rest of the team will host the Sorlien Memorial Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21 starting at 11 a.m.