Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championship
Mackal Field House, Kingston, R.I.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Senior Casey Burley won his fourth straight long jump title at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday afternoon.
Burley was one of three individual champions for the Rams, who lead the field after Day One of the league championship. Ryan Wilkes won the pole vault, and Rhode Island swept the weight throw Seniors Brandon Amo and Mahlik Handley took the top two spots, and junior Olusegun Vadis was third. The Rams took 25 of the available 39 points in the event, as senior Darrick Muroski added an eighth-place finish.
Behind the dominance of the throwers, Rhody Island finished the day with 62 points. That put the Rams 28 points ahead of George Mason (34). Rounding out the top five were Fordham (20), Saint Louis (18) and Massachusetts (17).
Rhode Island also qualified at least one person in every preliminary event on Saturday.
Rhode Island Results
- Senior Casey Burley won the long jump, as Rhode Island claimed three of the top four spots in the event. Freshman Childress Cannon placed third, and senior Nigel Riley finished fourth.
- Junior Ryan Wilkes was the third individual title winner for the Rams, as he claimed the pole vault title. Senior William Thibault placed fourth in the event.
- Rhode Island scored one point with an eighth-place finish in the Distance Medley Relay.
- Senior John Stallworth and junior Adam Franklin both advanced in the 60-meter hurdles. Stallworth posted the fastest time in the preliminaries at 8.2 seconds. Franklin was seventh with a time of 8.4.
- Franklin was one of three Rams to secure spots in the finals of the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Maxwell Dickens, freshman Anthony De La Santa and Franklink to spots five, six and seven, respectively.
- Rhode Island also had three qualifiers in the 500-meter run, as senior Marlon Montague, junior De'Von McGriff and senior John Felton all qualified for the finals.
- Senior Nigel Hill set a facility record with the fastest time in the 60-meter dash. He finished in a time of 6.82 seconds. He also claimed the top qualifying time in the 200-meter dash.
- Two Rhode Island runners – sophomore Sam Coppola and freshman Nicholas Fitch – took seventh and eighth in the prelims of the 800-meter run.
- Freshman Shawn Carlson grabbed the eighth spot in the finals of the 1,000-meter run, posting a time of 2:32.24.
- Rhode Island has two of the top five spots in the heptathlon through four events. Sophomore Drew Nealey is third, and freshman Stephen Cirella is fifth. The top five are separated by just 487 points.
1. Rhode Island – 62
2. George Mason – 34
3. Fordham – 20
4. Saint Louis – 18
5. Massachusetts – 17
6. La Salle – 12
7. VCU – 11
8. George Washington - 10
9. Davidson – 6
10. St. Joseph's - 5
The A-10 Championship concludes Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m.