KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team continue on with their indoor season as they travel to Boston University for the John Thomas Terrier Classic on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m.
The Rams will look to take on not only host school Boston University, but also representatives from over 40 different Division I, Division II and Division III colleges, including Brown, Bryant and Central Connecticut.
Rhode Island vs. Boston University
- The Rams have competed in the fourth-annual John Thomas Terrier Classic every year of its existence.
- The John Thomas Terrier Classic is a non-team scoring event.
- Rhody previously participated in the meet's first incarnation, the Terrier Invite, from 2005 to 2007 and 2010 to 2013.
- Rhode Island has also participated in the BU-hosted David Hemery Valentine Invitational (2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2015) and Terrier Cup (2003, 2004).
- The Rams will be revisiting the Terriers for the 2017 David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Feb. 11.
- BU has also been a frequenter of Rhode Island-hosted meets, finishing sixth at the 2014 Rhode Island Invitational and sending athletes to the 2008 URI Heptathlon.
- Boston University has been the host of the New England Indoor Championships every year since 1999 and the IC4A Championships since 2001.
- In the 18 years as host on the New England Indoor Championships, the Terriers finished higher than the Rams only twice: 2001 and 2003.
- Rhody has also won two of their New England indoor titles at Boston University in 2005 and 2016.
- In the 16 years as host of the IC4A Indoor Championships, BU has finished higher than URI on only five different occasions (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2013).
- Boston University will host both the New England Indoor Championship and the IC4A Indoor Championship again this year. New Englands will be Feb. 24-25, and IC4As will be Mar. 3-5.
Last Time on the Track
- The men's track & field team won the URI-hosted Sorlien Memorial Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 21.
- The Rams scored 188 points, beating out Connecticut (173), Providence (65), Southern Connecticut State (62) and Stonehill (35).
- The Rams dominated the 200-meter dash, taking the top-seven spots. Junior John Stallworth won the event (22.67 seconds), followed by junior Marlon Montague (22.67 seconds) and senior DeAngelo Berry (22.74 seconds).
- Montague was also successful in two other events, winning the 400-meter with a time of 49.56 seconds, and the 4x400-meter relay with Jared Gray, Max Dickens and Jaleel Felton with a time of 3:20.58.
- Freshman Eric Wicks, in his first collegiate event, won the high jump with a height of 2.01 meters. The height is second in the conference and the best freshman height in the conference.
- Junior Casey Burley won both the long jump and the triple jump. In the long jump, Burley leaped 7.27 meters, increasing his conference lead in the event, and 14.98 meters in the triple jump, making it the sixth-best triple jump in school history.
- Junior Brandon Amo won the the weight throw with a distance of 17.50 meters.
- The following athletes reached new PRs in their respective events:
- Senior Alex Briggs in the weight throw (16.92 meters);
- Junior Casey Burley in the triple jump (14.98 meters);
- Sophomore Nicholas Celico in the mile (4:31.06) and 3000-meter (9:18.41);
- Freshman Sam Coppola in the 1000-meter (2:33.80);
- Freshman Max Dickens in the 200-meter (22.88 seconds) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.77 seconds);
- Freshman Rock Fortna in the mile (4:24.18);
- Freshman Yeury Galva in the 200-meter (23.10 seconds) and the 500-meter (1:08.90);
- Junior Matthew Gibson in the pole vault (4.15 meters);
- Sophomore Michael Lopes in the triple jump (12.50 meters);
- Freshman Joe Maguire in the 1000-meter (2:42.01);
- Junior Joseph Mattson in the weight throw (15.80 meters);
- Senior Anthony McQueen in the 200-meter (23.53 seconds) and 500-meter (1:09.93);
- Junior Marlon Montague in the 200-meter (22.67 seconds);
- Freshman Drew Nealey in the heptathlon (4501 points);
- Junior Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja in the long jump (6.47 meters) and the triple jump (14.59 meters);
- Junior Nigel Riley in the 60-meter (7.08 seconds);
- Sophomore Timothy Slack in the 1000-meter (2:35.30);
- Senior John Stallworth in the 200-meter (22.63 seconds);
- Freshman Troy Stegman in the 1000-meter (2:37.66);
- Junior Olusegun Vadis in the weight throw (16.27 meters);
- Sophomore Nicholas White in the weight throw (14.40 meters);
- And freshman Eric Wicks in the high jump (2.10 meters).
Burley Goes Back-to-Back
- Junior Casey Burley won Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week for the second time in as many weeks.
- Burley won both the long jump and the triple jump on his way to his weekly accolade.
- He won the long jump with 7.27 meters and the triple jump with 14.98 meters.
- This is Burley's second weekly award of his collegiate career and the 29th A-10 Performer of the Week honor in Rhode Island men's indoor track & field history.
- No Ram has won back-to-back indoor Performer of the Week honors since Ashhad Agyapong in 2005.
- Burley is also the first A-10 indoor track athlete to win the honor in consecutive weeks since George Mason's Adrian Vaughn did so in 2014.
About John Thomas
- John Thomas was an Olympic athlete that attended Boston University.
- At the 1959 Millrose Games in New York City, 17-year-old freshman Thomas became the first athlete to jump 7 feet (2.13 meters) in the high jump.
- Thomas carried that success to the outdoor season, breaking the outdoor world record in high jump three times and winning a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and a silver medal at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
- Thomas graduated Boston University in 1963 with a degree in Physical and Psychological Rehabilitation.
- During his time in college, Thomas was the NCAA high jump champion all four years.
- In those four years, he cleared seven feet 191 times and only lost eight competitions.
- Thomas was inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1968 and USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1985.
- Thomas passed away in early 2013 while undergoing vascular surgery.
- Beginning in 2014, the annual Terrier Invitational was renamed the John Thomas Terrier Classic in honor of Thomas.
TV Time for Track
- Subscribers can access the John Thomas Terrier Classic the day of the meet on FloTrack.org. The link to the stream can be found here.
Order of Events
10:30 a.m. - Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Weight Throw
11 a.m. - High Jump, Pole Vault
11:25 a.m. - 60-Meter Hurdles
11:45 a.m. - 800-Meter
12:35 p.m. - 60-Meter
1:05 p.m. - 400-Meter
1:50 p.m. - 500-Meter
2:20 p.m. - 200-Meter
3 p.m. - 1000-Meter
3:25 p.m. - Mile
5 p.m. - 4x400-Meter Relay
6:05 p.m. - 3000-Meter
7:45 p.m. - 5000-Meter