Rhode Island Set to Host Sorlien Invitational Saturday

Rhode Island Set to Host Sorlien Invitational Saturday

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team looks for win number two on the season as they host the Sorlien Memorial Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Rams have invited American International, Connecticut, Providence, Southern Connecticut State and Stonehill to compete against them in the Sorlien.

Rhode Island vs. The Field

  • All six teams have been frequenters of the Sorlien Memorial Invitational in the past.
  • Connecticut is tied with Rhode Island with the most Sorlien Invitational wins since 2005 at five.
  • Connecticut and Rhode Island have been adversaries outside of the Sorlien Memorial Invitational as well, with both competing in the New England Indoor Championships. Since 1997-98, UConn has captured 15 indoor titles, but have not competed in it since 2013-14.
  • The Huskies have competed in one meet so far this season, taking first place in the Great Dane Classic hosted by the University of Albany.
  • Southern Connecticut State will be competing in its fourth Sorlien Memorial Invitational since the first Sorlien in 2005 and it's first since 2014-15.
  • Of the three times it has competed, Southern Connecticut State has finished third twice, with the third time being a non-scoring event.
  • The Owls have competed in two team-scored events in 2016-17, winning the Elm City Challenge that they hosted and taking second out of 17 teams at the Spartan Regional Invitational in Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Providence College will be entering its ninth Sorlien Memorial, and its fifth in a row.
  • The highest that the Friars have ever ranked was at last year's event when they finished second out of four teams, with URI taking the top spot that year.
  • This season, Providence has competed in Fordham Classic and the Boston University Season Opener, with both being non-team scored events.
  • Stonehill College is coming back for its eighth Sorlien Invitational and it's first since 2014-15.
  • The Skyhawks' highest finish was second place in 2013 out of nine teams.
  • Stonehill has already been to two meets this season in the UMass Boston Invitational and the Beantown Challenge. Both meets were non-team scoring.
  • American International is back at the Sorlien Memorial Invitational after missing last year's event. It is their sixth time in the meet.
  • URI and AIC have met up in every New England Indoor Championship since 2009, with Rhody placing higher than three or more spots in all of them.
  • The Yellow Jackets finished third in the Elm City Challenge and sixth at the Spatan Regional Invitational.

Last Time on the Track

  • Rhode Island hosted the URI Heptathlon on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Freshman Drew Nealey led the Rams with 4501 points and a third-place finish.
  • Junior Jacob Moran took fifth in the heptathlon with a score of 4338.
  • The weekend prior, the Rams won the Beantown Challenge hosted by Harvard, beating out nine other schools for the crown.
  • Junior Casey Burley won Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week honors for his contributions at the Beantown Challenge. Burley won the long jump with a conference-leading jump of 7.17 meters, and came in second in the triple jump with 14.61 meters, good enough to place him tenth in URI history in the event.
  • Freshman Max Dickens also took home weekly honors for his performance at the Beantown Challenge. Dickens finished fifth in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:05.59 and fourth in the 4x440-yard relay, enough to earn him A-10 Rookie of the Week honors.
  • Senior Alexander McGrainer took first place in the 1000-meters with a time of 2:27.80.
  • The Rams placed three athletes in the 400-meter finals, capped off by junior Marlon Montague with a winning time of 49.02 seconds.
  • In the 300-meter finals, Rhody took two of the top-three spots, with Nigel Hill coming in second in 34.06 seconds and Adam Franklin coming in third in 34.90 seconds.
  • Junior Jacob Reilly placed second in high jump with 1.99 meters.
  • Sophomore Ryan Wilkes took the silver in pole vault, reaching a height of 4.95 meters.
  • The following athletes hit personal indoor marks at the Beantown Challenge:

History of the Sorlien Memorial Invitational

  • The Sorlien Memorial Invitational is named after Robert "Sparks" Sorlien.
  • Sorlien was a professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island for 40 years before retiring in 1986.
  • During his time at URI, Sorlien was an advocate of fitness and athletic competition of all ages and a lifelong fan of track & field.
  • Beginning in 1975, he competed in national and international track-and-field events, winning many medals, including a bronze at the 1991 World Games in Eugene, Ore.
  • Sorlien was inducted in the URI Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Sorlien graduated from Harvard in 1938, where he was a member of the track & field team.
  • He would go on to get his Masters from Harvard in 1942, serve in the Pacific for the Marine Corp in World War II and receive his doctorate from Brown in 1955.
  • After his passing in 2004, the Sorlien Memorial Invitational was created.
  • The first event was held on Jan. 21, 2005, and, along with Rhode Island, saw Connecticut, Brown, Penn, Maine, Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac and Stony Brook compete in it.


Past Winners of the Sorlien Memorial Invitational

  • 2005: Rhode Island
  • 2006: Connecticut
  • 2007: Connecticut
  • 2008: Connecticut
  • 2009: Connecticut
  • 2010: Connecticut
  • 2011: Rhode Island
  • 2012: Rhode Island
  • 2013: Rhode Island
  • 2014: No Team Scoring
  • 2015: No Team Scoring
  • 2016: Rhode Island

Order of Events

Field Events
11 a.m. - Weight Throw
11:30 a.m. - High Jump
TBA - Long Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Triple Jump

Track Events*
12:15 p.m. - 60m Hurdles (Trials)
12:40 p.m. - 60-Meter (Trials)
12:55 p.m. - Mile
1:25 p.m. - 60m Hurdles (Finals)
1:35 p.m. - 400-Meter
1:55 p.m. - 500-Meter
2:20 p.m. - 60-Meter (Finals)
2:30 p.m. - 800-Meter
2:50 p.m. - 1000-Meter
3:05 p.m. - 200-Meter
3:35 p.m. - 3000-Meter
4:20 p.m. - 4x800-Meter Relay
4:45 p.m. - 4x400-Meter Relay

*Women run first except in the finals of the 60m Hurdles