Three Champions Crowned, One School Record Broken on Day One of Atlantic 10 Championship

Three Champions Crowned, One School Record Broken on Day One of Atlantic 10 Championship

KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island men's track & field team currently sits in first place after day one of the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship in Fairfax, Va. with 65 points. George Mason (45), Davidson (20.5), Saint Louis (15) and Massachusetts and St. Joseph's (14) round out the top five.

During day one, three individual champions were crowned and one school record was broken.

Heptathlon

  • After day one of the heptathlon, junior Jacob Moran sits in second with 2779 points, 429 behind the leader, George Mason junior John Seals. Moran took fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.36 seconds, second in long jump with a length of 6.85 meters, second in shots put with a distance of 12.55 meters and seventh in pole vault with a height of 1.77 meters.
  • Senior and 2015 A-10 heptathlon champion Ondrej Honka is currently in fifth with 2553 points. Honka took sixth in the 60-meter (7.52 seconds), sixth in the long jump (6.13 meters), sixth in the shot put (11.11 meters) and fifth in the high jump (1.86 meters).
  • Freshman Drew Nealey sits in eighth place in his first A-10 championship heptathlon with 2394 points. Nealey was 12th in the 60-meter (7.87 seconds), 10th in the long jump (5.74 meters), seventh in the shot put (10.76 meters) and third in the high jump (1.92 meters).

Finals

  • Junior Casey Burley claimed the long jump title, leaping 7.36 meters. This is Burley's third consecutive Atlantic 10 indoor long jump title, having won it the previous two years.
  • Junior Jacob Moran finished fourth with a jump of 7.05 meters, while junior Nigel Riley took sixth with 6.89 meters.
  • The Rams took the top three spots in the weight throw. Junior Brandon Amo won the event with a throw of 18.41 meters, followed by senior Alex Briggs (17.15 meters) and sophomore Olusegun Vadis (16.84 meters).
  • Rhody also went one-two in the pole vault. Sophomore Ryan Wilkes won the event with a height of 4.91 meters, followed by Ondrej Honka with 4.80 meters.
  • The Rhode Island DMR team finished seventh in the event with a time of 10:19.69.

Prelims

  • Junior Nigel Hill finished second in the 60-meter prelims with a school-record time of 6.84 seconds.
  • Hill also qualified for the 200-meter finals with a time of 22.20 seconds. It was the fourth-fastest time in the prelims.
  • Junior John Stallworth sophomore Adam Franklin qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles. Stallworth had the fastest time out of all competitors with 8.17 seconds, while Franklin finished seventh with 8.41 seconds.
  • Freshman Max Dickens was the only Ram to qualify for the 400-meter finals, running the fastest time in the prelims with 49.04 seconds.
  • Senior Jared Gray and junior Marlon Montague both made the 500-meter finals with times of 1:05.47 each.
  • Freshman Griffin Cobb qualified for the 800-meter finals with a time of 1:56.04.
  • Senior Alexander McGrainer finished third in the 1000-meter prelims with 2:29.49. He will have the three seed in the 1000-meter finals.

Up Next
The Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship concludes tomorrow, Feb. 19, with the remainder of the heptathlon events, the remainder of the throw and multi events and the finals of the running events. The first event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.