KINGSTON, R.I. - Highlighted by a record-breaking run in the 1000-meter by senior Alexander McGrainer, the University of Rhode Island men's track & field team had a strong showing at the John Thomas Terrier Classic hosted by Boston University in Boston, Mass., on Saturday.
McGrainer and 16 other athletes placed in the top 10 of their respective events at the non-scoring meet.
- The record-breaking 1000-meter run McGrainer completed took him 2:25.20. He breaks Brian Carney's record of 2:25.29, which was set on Mar. 5, 1995.
- Junior Marlon Montague won the 500-meter dash, taking the crown with a time of 1:03.92. It was the second-fastest run in Rhody history.
- Senior Jared Gray also competed well in the 500-meter, taking 10th with a 1:05.25. Freshman Max Dickens also competed in the event, taking 16th with a 1:05.78.
- The 4x400-meter relay team of Max Dickens, Jared Gray, Adam Franklin and Marlon Montague took second in the event with a time of 3:12.99. It was the fourth-fastest time in the event in URI history.
- Three Rams placed in the top 10 in the weight throw. Senior Brandon Amo was the highest, taking fourth with a throw 17.82m. Following Amo was junior Olusegun Vadis in sixth (17.00 meters) and senior Alex Briggs in ninth (16.59 meters).
- Junior Nigel Hill finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.48 seconds.
- Senior Ray Cuse and junior Joseph Carter also finished in the top 50 in the event, with Cuse finishing 31st (22.10 seconds) and Carter 45th (22.36 seconds).
- The Rams saw success in the long jump, with junior Jacob Moran jumping 6.92 meters for seventh and sophomore Michael Lopes with 6.67 meters for ninth.
- Junior Darrik Muroski took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 14.99 meters. Sophomore Nicholas White also competed in the shot put, taking 19th with a throw of 13.85 meters.
- Another event with two Rhody athletes in the top 10 was high jump. Junior Jacob Reilly placed fourth with a height of 2.00 meters, while freshman Eric Wicks placed 10th with 1.95 meters.
- Freshman Sam Coppola was the only other Ram to finish in the top 30, taking the 27th spot (2:32.55).
- Junior Nigel Riley also finished in the top 10, but for the triple jump. Riley leaped 13.59 meters for 10th.
- Junior Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja was the only other Ram in the event, taking 14th with a jump of 13.36 meters.
- Junior Adam Franklin finished 16th overall in the 60-meter hurdles. Franklin ran the event in 8.42 seconds.
- Franklin also took 21st in the 400-meter dash. He finished the event with a time of 48.93 seconds.
- Freshman Yeury Galva also competed in the event, finishing 53rd with a 50.55 seconds, followed by Junior Jaleel Felton with a 66th-place finish at 50.94 seconds.
- Senior DeAngelo Berry placed 21st in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.08 seconds.
- Freshman Rock Fortna was the highest-placing Ram in the mile run, running it in 4:20.32 for 61st place.
The Rams travel part of their roster to New York, N.Y. for the Armory Track Invitational on Friday, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. The rest of the team will host the Coaches Tribute Meet the next day beginning at 11 a.m.