KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team will be sending an abbreviated squad as they head back to Boston, Mass. for the IC4A Indoor Championship from Saturday, Mar. 4 to Sunday, Mar. 5.
Rhode Island at the IC4A Indoor Championship
- The Rams have taken part in every IC4A Indoor Championship since 1999.
- The best finish Rhody has had at IC4As in that time was in 2015 when they finished sixth out of 46 teams.
- Under head coach John Copeland, URI athletes have been crowned IC4A champions on 52 occasions.
- The last Rhode Island IC4A champions were crowned in 2015, when the 4x400-meter relay of Jaleel Felton, Jared Gray, Jalen Young and Marlon Montague, the 4x800-meter relay of John DiGangi, Alexander McGrainer, Kevin Lochard and Zach Campo, as well as Michael DiMambro in the heptathlon, all won their events.
- This year, the Rams are only bringing 12 competitors: Brandon Amo, Alex Briggs, Casey Burley, Joseph Carter, Griffin Cobb, Max Dickens, Joe DiPalma, Rock Fortna, Alexander McGrainer, Marlon Montague, John Stallworth and Ryan Wilkes.
- The IC4A Indoor Championship has been held every year for the past 97 years, making it one of the oldest indoor track meets in America.
- The IC4A Indoor Championship is run by the super-conference the ECAC. The ECAC consists of teams from the New England and Mid-Atlantic states.
Last Time on the Track
- The Rhode Island men's track & field team finished second out of 23 teams last weekend at the New England Indoor Championship in Boston, Mass.
- The Rams tallied 114 points, finishing just shy of the winners, Northeastern (177 points).
- The 4x400-meter relay team of Jared Gray, Max Dickens, Adam Franklin and Marlon Montague, the 4x800-relay team of Joe DiPalma, Sam Coppola, Griffin Cobb and Alexander McGrainer, and pole vaulter Ryan Wilkes were all named NEICAAA champions during the meet, finishing first in their respective events.
- There were a number of Rhody athletes that came close to winning, but ended up second.
- Sophomore Joseph Carter finished second in the 200-meter dash, finishing 0.01 seconds behind the champion.
- Junior Casey Burley took second in both the long jump and triple jump at the meet.
- Classmate Marlon Montague finished second in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:04.53.
- Freshman Max Dickens, building his resume for an excellent rookie campaign, won the silver in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.95 seconds.
- The following athletes set personal records at the New England Championship:
- Senior Alex Briggs in the weight throw (17.43 meters);
- Freshman Griffin Cobb in the 800-meter (1:55.04);
- Senior Joe DiPalma in the 800-meter (1:55.77);
- Freshman Yeury Galva in the 400-meter (49.63 seconds);
- Senior Ahmaad Randall in the weight throw (16.60 meters);
- And junior Nigel Riley in the long jump (6.95 meters).
Three Rams Earn Academic All-Conference Honors, Four Named to All-Rookie Team
- Seniors Alexander McGrainer and Ondrej Honka and junior Darrik Muroski were named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team this past Wednesday.
- All three athletes earned their spots on the team for their excellence both on the track and in the classroom.
- It was also announced on Wednesday that Max Dickens, Michael Lopes, Nicholas White and Eric Wicks were named to the inaugural A-10 All-Rookie team.
- In order to qualify for the All-Rookie team, an athlete must have freshman status and rank as the highest freshman in their respective event within the conference.
- The live results for this weekend's meet can be found here.
- For all other information regarding this year's IC4A Indoor Championship, go to ECACSports.com.
Order of Events - Saturday
10 a.m. - Weight Throw (Briggs, Amo)
10 a.m. - 60-Meter Hurdles (Trials) (Stallworth)
10:50 a.m. - 60-Meter Hurdles (Semi) (Stallworth)
11 a.m. - 400-Meter (Trials) (Montague, Dickens)
12:05 p.m. - 200-Meter (Trials) (Carter)
1:30 p.m. - 4x800-Meter Relay (Trials) (Fortna, Cobb, DiPalma, McGrainer)
Order of Events - Sunday
9:30 a.m. - Triple Jump (Burley)
11 a.m. - Pole Vault (Wilkes)
11:55 a.m. - 60-Meter Hurdles (Final) (Stallworth)
12:30 p.m. - 400-Meter (Final) (Montague, Dickens)
1:30 p.m. - 200-Meter (Final) (Carter)
2:45 p.m. - 4x800-Meter Relay (Final) (Fortna, Cobb, DiPalma, McGrainer)