Rams Open Up Championship Season at Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship

Rams Open Up Championship Season at Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team begin championship season this weekend as they travel to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. for the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship.

URI at the A-10 Championship

  • Rhode Island has been part of every Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship since the league started hosting the outdoor meet in 1997.
  • The Rams finished fourth in 1997 and 1998, but have never finished lower than third since then.
  • Rhody has also captured 10 Atlantic 10 outdoor titles, with the first coming in 2001 and the most recent being in 2014.
  • The last time Massachusetts hosted the Atlantic 10 Championship was also in 2014.
  • URI athletes have captured 110 individual A-10 titles in the meet's 20-year history.
  • Two of the six champions from last year will be competing in this year's championship meet: Ondrej Honka (pole vault) and John Stallworth (110-meter hurdles).
  • Rhode Island has had at least one individual champion in every Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship.
  • Rhody athletes have had success with the individual awards handed out at the end of the meet:
    • Two have won A-10 Most Outstanding Track Performer: Eric Groce (2004) and Ashhad Agyapong (2005);
    • Four have won A-10 Most Outstanding Field Performer: James Rooney (2001, 2002), Andre' Reid (2003, 2004), Ryan McCarthy (2006, 2007, 2008) and Jacob Keeling (2012);
    • And Four have won A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie: Eric Groce (2003), LaeJon Brooks (2004), Derek Peterson (2007) and Ronald Woodley (2010).

Last Time on the Track

  • The Rams split the roster as some competed at the Penn Relays on Friday and Saturday while the rest competed in the Brown Springtime Open on Sunday. Both meet were non-team scoring.
  • At the Penn Relays, the 4x200-meter relay team of Nigel HillJoseph CarterJared Gray and John Stallworth won the IC4A division finals with a time of 1:25.74.
  • Sophomore Ryan Wilkes reached a height of 5.05 meters (26' 6.75") in the pole vault for fifth in the college division and seventh in URI history.
  • Senior Alex Briggs took seventh in the hammer throw with a distance of 57.73 meters (189' 4"). Junior Joseph Mattson took 18th with a throw of 52.94 meters (173' 8").
  • Junior Adam Franklin won his section and took eighth overall in the college division 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.49 seconds. His time is the fastest in the Atlantic 10 this season.
  • Junior Casey Burley placed 10th in the long jump with a leap of 7.04 meters (23' 1.25").
  • The sprint medley relay team of Nigel HillJoseph CarterMarlon Montague and Joe DiPalma had a 15th-place finish in 3:26.74.
  • At the Brown Springtime Open, junior Nigel Riley took first in the long jump with a personal-best 6.98 meters (22' 11"). Freshman Childress Cannon finished fourth (21' 11.75"), Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja fifth (21' 11.5") and Michael DiMambro seventh (20' 11.75").
  • Junior Anthony McQueen won the 400-meter hurdles in 56.62 seconds.
  • Freshman Eric Wicks won the high jump with a height of 2.03 meters (6' 8").
  • Redshirt freshman Gregory McManus won the javelin with a throw of 58.50 meters (191' 11"). Senior Michael DiMambro finished fifth (148' 10").
  • Nigel Riley (47' 0.25") and Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja (44' 10.25") finished second and third, respectively, in the triple jump.
  • Junior Jaleel Felton finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.43 seconds. Freshman Yeury Galva took fifth (50.50 seconds) and senior Alexander McGrainer took ninth (51.48 seconds).
  • Galva placed also second in the 200-meter dash in 22.00 seconds. Senior DeAngelo Berry finished fourth in 22.04 seconds.
  • Berry also finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.09 seconds. Childress Cannon took sixth (11.11 seconds).
  • Freshman Peyton McAllister captured bronze in the pole vault in 4.40 meters (14' 5.25").
  • Junior Darrik Muroski finished fourth in the discus (143' 3") and fifth in the shot put (50' 0.5").
  • Junior Adam Thies took fifth in the 5000-meter in 15:40.64.
  • Sophomore Olusegun Vadis finished fifth in the hammer (171' 10") and seventh in the discus (130' 0").
  • The following Rams set personal bests at either the Penn Relays or the Brown Springtime Open:

Honka Win Holmes Award

  • Senior Ondrej Honka was awarded with the Elizabeth Holmes Award at URI's annual awards night on Monday.
  • The Elizabeth Holmes Award recognizes the most outstanding graduating male student-athlete who has combined exceptional scholastic achievement with outstanding athletic ability.
  • Honka is the fifth men's track & field athlete to win the award. Past track recipients include Scott Delekta (1994), Anthony Lordo (2002), James Rooney (2002) and James Whalen (2010).

Wicks Earns A-10 Rookie of the Week Honors

  • Freshman high jumper Eric Wicks won A-10 Rookie of the Week for his performances at Holy Cross and Brown.
  • Wicks jumped 2.00 meters (6' 6.75") at the Holy Cross Meet and leaped a personal-best 2.03 meters (6' 8") on Sunday at the Brown Springtime Open. His last jump is the best outdoor high jump in the conference this season.
  • It was the fifth week in-a-row that a Rhody men's track & field athlete has earned an A-10 weekly award.
  • It was also the 32nd time that a Ram has earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors during outdoor season. This was Wicks' first weekly award of his collegiate career.

Order of Events

Decathlon Events
Sat. 10:30 a.m. - 100-Meter
Sat. 11:05 a.m. - Long Jump
Sat. 12:05 p.m. - Shot Put
Sat. 1:05 p.m. - High Jump
Sat. 2:35 p.m. - 400-Meter
Sun. 9 a.m. - 110-Meter Hurdles
Sun. 9:40 a.m. - Discus
Sun. 11 a.m. - Pole Vault
Sun. 1 p.m. - Javelin
Sun. 2:15 p.m. - 1500-Meter

Field Events
Sat. 12:45 p.m. - Hammer
Sat. 1 p.m. - Long Jump
Sat. 3 p.m. - Pole Vault
Sat. 3:45 p.m. - Javelin, High Jump
Sun. 10:30 a.m. - Discus
Sun. 1 p.m. - Shot Put, Triple Jump

Track Events
Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 10,000-Meter
Sat. 2:15 p.m. - 110-Meter Hurdles (Trials)
Sat. 2:45 p.m. - 400-Meter (Trials)
Sat. 3:15 p.m. - 100-Meter (Trials)
Sat. 3:45 p.m. - 800-Meter (Trials)
Sat. 4:15 p.m. - 400-Meter Hurdles (Trials)
Sat. 4:45 p.m. - 200-Meter (Trials)
Sat. 5:30 p.m. - 3000-Meter Steeplechase
Sun. 10:40 a.m. - 4x100-Meter Relay
Sun. 11:05 a.m. - 1500-Meter
Sun. 11:30 a.m. - 110-Meter Hurdles (Final)
Sun. 11:50 a.m. - 400-Meter (Final)
Sun. 12:05 p.m. - 100-Meter (Final)
Sun. 12:20 p.m. - 800-Meter (Final)
Sun. 12:40 p.m. - 400-Meter Hurdles (Final)
Sun. 1:05 p.m. - 200-Meter (Final)
Sun. 1:40 p.m. - 5000-Meter
Sun. 2:30 p.m. - 4x800-Meter Relay
Sun. 3 p.m. - 4x400-Meter Relay