Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship
Host: University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Mass.
The Rhode Island men's track & field team won its unprecedented 21st Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday in Amherst, Mass. The team scored 201.5 points to take home the conference crown.
The Rams were followed by last year's winner, George Mason, with 193 points and host-team Massachusetts with 123 points. Saint Louis (75) and VCU (68) rounded out the top five.
This is the fourth Atlantic 10 outdoor title for Rhody since 2010, and the Rams' 21st conference title since the Atlantic 10 Championship began in 1993. The Rams had seven individual champions and nine runners-up that led to the team win.
- Junior Jacob Moran finished the decathlon in third place with 6497 points, while senior Michael DiMambro took fourth with 6442 points.
- On day two of the event, Moran finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.71 seconds) for 655 points, first in the discus (136' 7") for 698 points, fourth in the pole vault (13' 3.5") for 631 points, first in the javelin (185' 1") for 684 points and seventh in the 1500-meter (5:21.67) for 441 points.
- DiMambro took second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.48 seconds), seventh in the discus (91' 6"), fifth in the pole vault (13' 3.5") for 631 points, third in the javelin (166' 11") for 602 points and fourth in the 1500-meter (4:57.30) for 575 points.
- Junior John Stallworth was the first A-10 individual champion crowned for the Rams on day two, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.24 seconds. Adam Franklin finished fifth in 14.82 seconds.
- Sophomore Adam Franklin completed the sweep of the hurdles, taking the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.16 seconds. Freshman Max Dickens scored points with a fifth-place finish (53.39 seconds).
- The 4x100-meter relay team of DeAngelo Berry, Joseph Carter, Nigel Hill and Yeury Galva finished second with a time of 41.18 seconds.
- Three Rams finished in the top five in the discus throw. Junior Darrik Muroski took second (147' 9"), sophomore Olusegun Vadis third (144' 10") and Nicholas White fifth (143' 4").
- Muroski also took silver in the shot put (53' 6.25"). Vadis also scored for URI with a distance of 14.57 meters (47' 9.75").
- Junior Nigel Hill finished second in the 100-meter dash in 10.72 seconds. Senior DeAngelo Berry (10.93 seconds) and sophomore Joseph Carter (11.05 seconds) also scored points for the Rams.
- Hill also finished second in the 200-meter, running it in 21.20 seconds.
- Junior Casey Burley finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 15.13 meters (49' 7.75"). Both juniors Abdul-Lateef Orulebaja (47' 7.25") and Nigel Riley (46' 4") scored for Rhody.
- Junior Marlon Montague took silver in the 400-meter with a time of 47.61. Senior Jared Gray also earned points for the Rams with a time of 49.47 seconds.
- The 4x400-meter relay team of Yeury Galva, Adam Franklin, Jared Gray and Marlon Montague finished with bronze and a time of 3:13.70.
- The 4x800-meter relay team ran a 7:39.74 for a sixth-place finish. Their place clinched the Atlantic 10 title for Rhody.
- Freshman Sam Coppola takes eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.51.
- Sophomore Nicholas Celico finished 11th out of 25 runners in the 5000-meter run in 14:53.25.
Championship season continues with the New England Outdoor Championship next Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. Both days are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.