Rams Travel to New York Friday, Host Coaches Tribute Saturday

Rams Travel to New York Friday, Host Coaches Tribute Saturday

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team is pulling double duty this weekend as they will be competing in both the Armory Track Invitational and the Coaches Tribute Meet.

The Armory Track Invitational will be held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory on Friday, Feb. 3 beginning around noon. The URI-hosted Coaches Tribute Meet will take place Saturday, Feb. 4 in Kingston, R.I. beginning at 11 a.m.

Rhode Island at the Armory

  • This will be the eighth time in the history of the Armory Track Invitational in which Rhode Island will participate.
  • The Rams competed from 2006 to 2012 as well as 2014 before taking a two-year hiatus from the meet.
  • Over 50 schools will be participating in this year's event, including fellow New England teams Central Connecticut State and Quinnipiac and Atlantic 10 competitor Richmond.
  • The meet has been and is a non-team scoring meet.
  • The Rams will send six competitors: Casey Burley, Jared Gray, Ondrej Honka, Marlon Montague and Ryan Wilkes.
  • The Armory Track Invitational will be live-streamed on RunningSpace.com. Subscribers can watch the stream here.

Coaches Tribute Meet

  • This is the fifth year in a row that Rhody will host the Coaches Tribute Meet.
  • The first year of it's existence was in 2013, where URI beat out 10 other teams for the top crown.
  • Rhode Island has won three of the four Coaches Tribute Meets, with Connecticut winning the other one in 2014.
  • Teams that have competed in the past have included Boston University, Community College of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Fordham, Franklin Pierce, Massachusetts, UMass Lowell and WPI.
  • There are 13 teams, including URI, that are competing on the men's side of the meet: American International, Brown, Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Providence, Rhode Island College, Stonehill, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
  • Brown, Bryant, Central Connecticut State, New Hampshire, Providence and Stonehill have all competed in the previous four Coaches Tribute Meets.
  • American International will be competing in its third Coaches Tribute Meet in a row. The highest that they've finished at the meet was third in their first year in 2015.
  • This is the second year in a row that Coast Guard will compete in the meet. Last year, the Bears finished eighth in the team standings.
  • This is the first time participating in the Coaches Tribute Meet for Merrimack, Rhode Island College, UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth.
  • Prior to the meet, Rhode Island will recognize the following athletes as part of Senior Day festivities: Peter Archetto, DeAngelo Berry, Ray Cuse, Joe DiPalma, Jared Gray, Ondrej Honka, Alexander McGrainer, Anthony McQueen, Jacob Moran, Adam Thies and Alex Briggs.

Previous Winners of the Coaches Tribute Meet

  • 2013: Rhode Island
  • 2014: Connecticut
  • 2015: Rhode Island
  • 2016: Rhode Island

Last Time on the Track

  • The Rams had a strong showing at the BU-hosted John Thomas Terrier Classic last Saturday, Jan. 28.
  • The highlight of the meet for Rhody was senior Alexander McGrainer breaking the 22-year-old 1000-meter run record with a time of 2:25.20.
  • Junior Marlon Montague won the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:03.92. Montague was also a leg in the second-place 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:12.99.
  • Also part of that relay team was Max Dickens, Jared Gray and Adam Franklin.
  • Senior Brandon Amo took fourth in the weight throw with a distance of 17.82 meters. Following Amo was junior Olusegun Vadis in sixth (17.00 meters) and senior Alex Briggs in ninth (16.59 meters).
  • In the 200-meter dash, junior Nigel Hill placed fifth with a time of 21.48 seconds.
  • In the long jump, junior Jacob Moran took seventh (6.92 meters) and sophomore Michael Lopes took ninth (6.67 meters).
  • Junior high jumper Jacob Reilly placed fourth in the event with a height of 2.00 meters, while freshman Eric Wicks took 10th with 1.95 meters.
  • Junior Darrik Muroski was the highest-placing Ram in the shot put with a throw of 14.99 meters.
  • Junior Nigel Riley finished 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 13.59 meters.
  • The following athletes set new PRs at the John Thomas Terrier Classic:

Order of Events (Armory Track Invitational)

Field Events
12:10 p.m. - Long Jump (Burley, Riley)
3 p.m. - Pole Vault (Honka, Wilkes)

Track Events
4:50 p.m. - 500-Meter (Gray)
5:57 p.m. - 500-Meter Invite (Montague)

Order of Events (Coaches Tribute Meet)

10:10 a.m. - Senior Recognition (Archetto, Berry, Briggs, Cuse, DiPalma, Gray, Honka, McGrainer, McQueen, Moran, Thies)

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. - 60-Meter Hurdles (Trials)
12:40 p.m. - 60-Meter Dash (Trials)
12:55 p.m. - Mile
1:25 p.m. - 60-Meter Hurdles (Final)
1:35 p.m. - 400-Meter
1:55 p.m. - 500-Meter
2:20 p.m. - 60-Meter Dash (Final)
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. - Distance Medley Relay
4:45 p.m. - 4x400-Meter Relay

*Women run first in all events except in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles