KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island men's track & field team defended their Coaches Tribute title on their home turf on Saturday, taking out 12 other schools for the title.
The Rams finished with 193 points, followed by New Hampshire (83.5), Central Connecticut State (68), Stonehill (57.5), Brown (53), Providence (50), Merrimack (32), UMass Dartmouth (30), American International (28), Rhode Island College (24), Bryant (16), Eastern Connecticut (7) and UMass Boston (2). This is the Rams' fourth Coaches Tribute title in five years.
- Junior Nigel Hill won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, posting times of 6.92 seconds and 22.03 seconds, respectively.
- Seniors Ray Cuse and DeAngelo Berry also made it to the finals in the 60-meter dash. Cuse finished fifth (7.02 seconds) and Berry sixth (7.03 seconds).
- In the 200-meter, the Rams took the top-three spots. Along with Hill, junior Joseph Carter took second with 22.68 seconds and Berry took third with 22.69 seconds.
- The 4x400-meter team of Joseph Carter, Adam Franklin, Griffin Cobb and Yeury Galva won the event with a time of 3:23.76.
- The Rams cleaned up the weight throw with the first three spots belonging to the men in Keaney blue. Junior Brandon Amo won with a throw of 17.09 meters, followed by senior Alex Briggs at 17.08 meters and junior Olusegun Vadis at 17.05 meters.
- The top-two spots in the high jump belonged to Rhode Island. Freshman Eric Wicks won the event with a height of 1.99 meters, while junior Jacob Reilly took second.
- Senior Ondrej Honka won the pole vault, reaching a height of 4.90 meters.
- Freshman Yeury Galva took silver in the 400-meter dash, running it in 51.35 seconds. Junior Anthony McQueen also scored for the Rams in the event, placing sixth (52.16 seconds).
- Senior Joe DiPalma placed second in the 500-meter dash, running 1:07.84.
- Junior Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja took second in the long jump with a leap of 6.69 meters.
- Junior Adam Franklin came within .02 seconds of first place in the 60-meter hurdles. He took bronze with a time of 8.44 seconds.
- Both Alexander McGrainer and Sam Coppola scored in the 800-meter run. McGrainer finished in third (1:57.86) and Coppolar finished sixth (1:58.22).
- Junior Darrik Muroski and sophomore Nicholas White were the only Rhody athletes to score in the shot put. Muroski finished fifth (15.02 meters) and White sixth (14.52 meters).
- Freshman Rock Fortna was the only Ram to participate in the 1000-meter run. He ran it in 2:33.26, good enough for fifth place.
- Sophomore Timothy Slack was also the only Ram to run the mile, finishing in seventh (4:28.07).
- Junior Alec Font earned points for Rhody by taking the sixth spot in the 3000-meter run (8:54.01).
- Prior to the meet, Peter Archetto, DeAngelo Berry, Ray Cuse, Joe DiPalma, Jared Gray, Ondrej Honka, Alexander McGrainer, Anthony McQueen, Jacob Moran, Adam Thies and Alex Briggs were honored as part of Senior Day festivities.
The Rams have one more meet before the Atlantic 10 Championship, as they travel to Boston University for the David Hemery Invitational next Saturday, Feb. 11. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.