Wilkes Crowned Champion, Rhody Sits Second After Day One of New England Championship

Wilkes Crowned Champion, Rhody Sits Second After Day One of New England Championship

KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island men's track & field team is in second place out of 23 teams after the first day of the New England Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

The Rams have 43 team points after day one, just two points behind the leaders, Northeastern. Tufts (16.2), Massachusetts (15) and Stonehill (13.2) round out the top five.

During day one, sophomore Ryan Wilkes was the only Rhody individual champion crowned, joining a long list of Rhode Island athletes to become NEICAAA champions.


  • Ryan Wilkes won the pole vault with a height of 16-feet, 0.75-inches (4.90 meters). Wilkes now has won both the Atlantic 10 and NEICAAA indoor pole vault titles this season. He's the second pole vaulter in URI history to win both in the same season, joining James Strawderman, who did so in 2014.
  • A-10 long jump champion Casey Burley took second in the event with a leap of 24-feet, 0.25-inches (7.32 meters). Nigel Riley also scored for Rhody in the event with a PR-setting leap of 22-feet, 11.25-inches (6.95 meters) for fourth.
  • Junior Brandon Amo, fresh off of an A-10 individual championship in the weight throw, placed third in the event with a throw of 59-feet, 7.5-inches (18.17 meters).
  • Both Alex Briggs and Olusegun Vadis also scored points for the Rams in the weight throw. Briggs placed fifth (57-feet, 2.25-inches, 17.43 meters) while Vadis took sixth (55-feet, 8.5-inches, 16.98 meters).
  • Junior Jacob Reilly tied for fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-feet, 6.25-inches (1.99 meters). The only other Ram to compete in the event was freshman Eric Wicks, who tied for 15th with a height of 6-feet, 4.25-inches (1.94 meters).
  • The distance medley relay team of Abdullah Kaba, Yeury Galva, Rock Fortna and Timothy Slack took fifth with a time of 10:10.29.
  • Junior Adam Thies, the only Rhody athlete to compete in the 5000-meter run, finished in 16th (15:37.21).


  • Junior Marlon Montague and senior Jared Gray finished one-two in the 500-meter prelims with times of 1:04.91 and 1:05.41, respectively. They were the only Rams to qualify for the 500-meter finals.
  • Both freshman Max Dickens and sophomore Adam Franklin qualified for the 400-meter finals tomorrow. Dickens finished fifth in the prelims (49.43 seconds), while Franklin took eighth (49.61 seconds).
  • Sophomore Joseph Carter was the only Rhode Island athlete to move on to the 200-meter finals. Carter took fourth in the prelims with a time of 22.15 seconds.
  • Senior Alexander McGrainer ran the 1000-meter prelim in 2:34.04. However, he finished in 17th, short of the 100-meter finals.
  • Freshman Griffin Cobb was the highest-placing Ram in the 800-meter prelims. Cobb placed 17th with a time of 1:55.04.

Up Next
The New England Indoor Championship finishes up tomorrow, Feb. 25, with the remainder of the heptathlon events, the final two throw and multi events, the finals of the running events and the semifinals and finals of both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. The first event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.