Rams Ready to Take On Tough Competition at Northeast Challenge

Rams Ready to Take On Tough Competition at Northeast Challenge

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team is traveling to Storrs, Conn. for the Northeast Challenge hosted by the University of Connecticut on Saturday, Apr. 15.

The Rams will compete against the likes of host-team Connecticut, Albany, Northeastern, Southern Connecticut and Central Connecticut. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

URI vs. UConn

  • This is the second time in the new millennium that the Rams will compete in the Northeast Challenge.
  • At last year's meet, URI finished fourth out of six teams, while UConn went on to win.
  • The Rams have competed in at least one Husky-hosted outdoor meet in nine of the last 11 years.
  • Five of those meets had team scoring. Connecticut outranked Rhode Island in all of them.
  • Both teams have met up in both the New England Outdoor Championship and the IC4A Outdoor Championship in recent memory.
  • The two have competed for the New England outdoor title 12 times since 1997. Rhody has outranked UConn in nine of them.
  • The Huskies have the advantage over the Rams in IC4As. Since 1999, the two have competed in IC4As at the same time on 10 occasions. UConn outranked URI in all but one of those meets.
  • The history between the two programs can go all of the way back to 1948 when they both took part in the first Yankee Conference Outdoor Championship meet.
  • In the timespan that the Yankee Conference existed (1948-80), Rhode Island won 12 conference outdoor titles, while Connecticut walked away with nine.
  • Head coach John Copeland is an alumnus of the Connecticut track & field team. Graduating in 1966, Copeland was a team captain his senior year, an NCAA qualifier, a six-time Yankee Conference champion, a two-time New England runner-up and an IC4A runner-up.

Meet of Champions

  • Since the 2014-15 indoor track season, each team competing has won at least one conference title.
  • URI won the Atlantic 10 indoor title in 2016.
  • UConn won the AAC outdoor title in 2015.
  • Albany won both the America East indoor and outdoor titles in 2015 and 2016.
  • Northeastern won the CAA outdoor title in 2015 and 2016.
  • Southern Connecticut won the NE-10 indoor title in 2017 and the outdoor title in 2015.
  • Central Connecticut won the NEC outdoor title in 2015 and 2016.
  • URI has won 20 total A-10 titles.
  • UConn has won two AAC titles in three years in the conference.
  • Albany has won 27 total AE titles, including the last 12 outdoor and last 12 indoor.
  • Central Connecticut has won four NEC titles.
  • Southern Connecticut has won 24 NE-10 titles, 13 of the 14 outdoor titles handed out since 2002, as well as 11 of the 15 indoor titles.
  • In total, the six teams have a combined 78 conference titles.
  • In addition, No one other than Rhode Island, Connecticut, Southern Connecticut or Northeastern has won the NEICAAA indoor title since 1997 and no team other than the ones competing this weekend have won the outdoor title since 1999.

Last Time On the Track

  • The Rams had a split team as part of the unit traveled to Coral Gables, Fla. for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, while the rest went to Durham, N.H. for a six-team meet hosted by UNH.
  • The Hurricane Alumni Invitational was non-team scoring, while Rhody took fourth at UNH with 84 points.
  • At the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, Jacob Moran and Michael DiMambro both took part in the decathlon. Moran finished with 6349 points and set PRs in the 400-meter, 1500-meter, 110-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump and pole vault. DiMambro set personal marks in the 100-meter, 400-meter, shot put, high jump and pole vault, but an injury in the pole vault caused him to miss the rest of the decathlon.
  • On Friday, Brandon Amo (187' 0") and Alex Briggs (186' 8") finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the hammer throw.
  • On Saturday, during the running events, URI finished in the top 10 in eight events.
  • Ondrej Honka took second in the pole vault (16' 4.75") while Ryan Wilkes finished third (16' 0.75").
  • The 4x400-meter relay team of Max Dickens, Adam Franklin, Jared Gray and Marlon Montague ran it in 3:12.92 for fourth at the meet and 10th all-time at URI.
  • Max Dickens took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best 53.03 seconds.
  • The 4x100-meter relay team of DeAngelo Berry, Joseph Carter, John Stallworth and Nigel Hill finished fourth at the meet and seventh on Rhody's all-time list with a time of 41.16 seconds.
  • Alexander McGrainer finished sixth in the 800-meter in 1:55.28.
  • Marlon Montague took eighth in the 400-meter in 48.01 seconds. This is the ninth-fastest time in URI history in the 400-meter.
  • John Stallworth finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.44 seconds.
  • Nigel Hill also took ninth, but in the 200-meter, in 21.48 seconds.
  • At UNH on Saturday, the Rams had 11 athletes finish in the top five.
  • Joe DiPalma won the the 800-meter with a time of 1:59.23.
  • Joseph Mattson placed second in the hammer throw (174' 6").
  • De'Von McGriff finished third in the 400-meter in 51.02 seconds.
  • Anthony McQueen, the only Ram in the 400-meter hurdles, took fourth in 57.85 seconds.
  • Darrik Muroski set a PR in shot put (51' 7") for fourth.
  • Nigel Riley finished fourth in the long jump (21' 6.75").
  • Peyton McAllister also took fourth place in his event, pole vault, with a height of 4.40 meters (14' 5.25").
  • Timothy Slack (10:36.83) and Abdullah Kaba (10:38.84) finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Yeury Galva finished fifth in the 200-meter (23.10 seconds).
  • The 4x400-meter relay team of Griffin Cobb, Joe DiPalma, Troy Stegman and Sam Coppola took fifth in 3:34.17.

Dickens Takes Home Second Rookie of the Week Honor

  • Freshman Max Dickens earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors for his performance at the Hurricane Alumni Meet.
  • This is the second time this year that Dickens has received this honor. He earned it during indoor season for the week of Jan. 10.
  • Rhody has had an athlete win Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row, with Gregory McManus winning it the week prior to Dickens.
  • Since the weekly award's inception in 1999, Rhode Island athletes have earned Rookie of the Week outdoor honors on 31 occasions.

Order of Events

Field Events
10 a.m. - Hammer, Discus, Javelin
TBA - Shot Put

Track Events
11:30 a.m. - 3000-Meter Steeplechase
TBA - 4x100-Meter Relay, 1500-Meter, 110-Meter Hurdles, 400-Meter, 100-Meter, 800-Meter, 400-Meter Hurdles, 200-Meter, 5000-Meter, 4x400-Meter Relay