KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team finishes up its indoor regular season as they go to Boston, Mass. to compete in the David Hemery Invitational this Saturday, Feb. 10.
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 Boston University, UMass Lowell and Central Connecticut State.
Rhode Island vs. Boston University
- The Rams have competed in the David Hemery Invitational five times since 2000: 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2015.
- The Rams have had two event winners in that time. Ryan McCarthy won the shot put in 2008 and Ondrej Honka won the pole vault at the 2015 event.
- The David Hemery Invitational is a non-team scoring event.
- This is the second time Rhode Island travels to Boston University, as they competed in their John Thomas Terrier Classic earlier in the season.
- It was an non-team scoring event as well.
- The only Ram to win their event at that meet was Marlon Montague in the 500-meter dash.
- Rhode Island has previously participated in the BU-hosted John Thomas Terrier Classic (2014-2017), the Terrier Invite (2005-2007, 2010-2013) and the Terrier Cup (2003, 2004).
- 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 will host both the New England Indoor Championship and the IC4A Indoor Championship this year. New Englands will be Feb. 24-25, and IC4As will be Mar. 3-5.
Last Time on the Track
- The men's team sent six athletes to compete at the Armory Track Invitational in New York, N.Y.
- Senior Ondrej Honka finished second in the pole vault with a height of 5.05 meters, while sophomore Ryan Wilkes took third with the same height and set a new indoor personal record.
- Junior Casey Burley finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 7.06 meters, while junior Nigel Riley took 27th with 6.50 meters.
- Senior Jared Gray finished 15th in the college division of the 500-meter with 1:06.65, while junior Marlon Montague finished seventh in the invitational division of the same event with 1:04.47.
- The rest of the Rams hosted the Coaches Tribute Meet the next day and won the event, beating out 12 other teams with 193 points.
- Junior Nigel Hill won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 6.92 seconds and 22.03 seconds, respectively.
- The Rams, with the team of Joseph Carter, Adam Franklin, Griffin Cobb and Yeury Galva, won the 4x400-meter relay at 3:23.76.
- Junior Brandon Amo won the weight throw for the second time this season. He finished with a throw of 17.09 meters.
- Freshman Eric Wicks also won his second event of the season, taking first in the high jump at 1.99 meters.
- Less than 24 hours after competing in New York, Ondrej Honka turned around and won the pole vault at the Coaches Tribute Meet with a height of 4.90 meters.
- The following athletes set new personal marks at the Coaches Tribute Meet:
- Senior Alex Briggs in the weight throw (17.08 meters);
- Sophomore Nicholas Celico in the 3000-meter (8:58.30);
- Freshman Griffin Cobb in the 800-meter (1:58.54);
- Freshman Sam Coppola in the 800-meter (1:58.22);
- Senior Ray Cuse in the 60-meter (7.02 seconds);
- Freshman Yeury Galva in the 200-meter (22.90 seconds);
- Sophomore Power Kanga in the 60-meter (7.20 seconds) and the 200-meter (23.56 seconds);
- Freshman Joe Maguire in the 3000-meter (9:04.18);
- Senior Anthony McQueen in the 200-meter (23.36 seconds);
- Junior Marlon Montague in the 200-meter (22.32 seconds);
- Junior Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja in the long jump (6.69 meters);
- Freshman Troy Stegman in the 800-meter (2:00.42);
- Senior Adam Thies in the 3000-meter (9:10.58);
- Junior Olusegun Vadis in the weight throw (17.05 meters);
- And sophomore Nicholas White in the shot put (14.52 meters).
Honka Collects Weekly Hardware
- Senior Ondrej Honka earned A-10 Co-Performer of the Week honors after finishing second in the pole vault at the Armory Track Invitational in New York, N.Y. last Friday and first in the pole vault at the URI Coaches Tribute Meet less that 24 hours later.
- This is the third Performer of the Week honor received by a Ram this season with junior Casey Burley winning the first two in back-to-back weeks.
- This is the third time in Honka's indoor career, and fourth time overall, that he's been named Performer of the Week. Only Colin Aina (4) and James Rooney (4) have been named Performer of the Week more during their indoor careers.
About David Hemery
- David Hemery is a former Olympic track athlete for Great Britain.
- Hemery was born on July 18, 1944 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, but moved to the United States when he was young.
- He attended Boston University and graduated in 1968.
- Hemery won three Olympic medals during his career. He won gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico and sliver in the 4x400-meter relay and bronze in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
- He was also named the 1968 Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC.
- The annual BU-hosted Valentine Invitational was renamed the David Hemery Invitational during the 2014 season.
Track the Track Team on TV
- Subscribers can access the David Hemery Invitational 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
10:55 a.m. - 60-Meter Hurdles
11:20 p.m. - 800-Meter
12:30 a.m. - 60-Meter
1 p.m. - 600-Meter
1:05 p.m. - 400-Meter
1:50 p.m. - 500-Meter
2:10 p.m. - 200-Meter
3:10 p.m. - 1000-Meter
3:35 p.m. - Mile
5:50 p.m. - 4x400-Meter Relay
6:35 p.m. - 3000-Meter
8:30 p.m. - 5000-Meter