POST CHAMPIONSHIP INTERVIEWS
- Pentathlon Champion - Keiko Hector
- High Jump - Janel Conley
- 400m Run Champion - Mariah Claudio
- 60m Hurdles Champion - Janel Conley
How It Happened
Rhode Island claimed its highest finish since winning it all in 2005 with a second place finish in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Track & Field Championships. Rhody and the Minutemen of UMass battled back and fourth all day with UMass eventually taking the lead late in the days action to win the title.
UMass totaled 123 points to Rhody's 116.5 in the two days of competition. George Mason (106), Richmond (92) and VCU (89) capped the top five in the 13 school women's field.
The Rams had three individual winners in the second day of events. Janel Conley was a double winner, set a new school reocrd and set two new personal bests. In the 60m hurdles she crossed the line with a mark of 8.52s setting a new school record (8.57s), and shaved .16s off her previous best mark of 8.68s. Conley won the high jump with a jump of 1.75m breaking her old best of 1.67m.
Conley's time in the 60m hurdles is the best time ever by a URI Track & Field athlete competing in this event at the A-10 Championship. The previous best mark was 8.58s. Her leap in the high jump ranks second all-time in the event in A-10 Championship competition for URI.
Mariah Claudio also found the winners podium today winning the women's 400m run with a time of 56.19. This mark ranks Claudio first all-time in the event for Rhody when competing at the Atlantic 10 Championships. She now holds all three top times in the vent.
Other Rhody Top Performers
- Keiko Hector took fourth place in the high jump with a distance of 1.65m; teammate Elaina Hobbs finished eighth and set a personal best tying Hector at 1.65m.
- Karen Lobaton took home fourth place in the women's 60m hurldes crossing the finish line in 8.91s.
- Dyshelle Pemberton placed sixth overall in the women's 500m run with a total time of 1:15.31.
- In the 60m dash, junior Briana Robitaille clocked a time of 7.78s which was good enough for sixth. Kylie McPherson took eighth place in the 400m run (59.40s).
- Paige Either ran the 3000m run in a time of 10:42.90. This mark set a new personal best for Either whose previous best was 10:49.53.
- Katja Neves took bronze in the weight throw with a throw of 13.52m.
- In the triple jump Rhody senior Jennifer Czerapowicz placed sixth with a jump totaling 11.51m.
- Rhode Island's 4x800 relay team of Alexandra Carbonell, Katie McNulty, Jennifer Czerapowicz and Nichole Barger placed fifth with a combined total time of 9:14.40.
- In the 4x400 the relay team of Dyshelle Pemberton, Keiko Hector, Mikaila Amerantes and Mariah Claudio made it onto the winners podium with a second place finish with a mark of 3:49.17.
The Rams return to the track next Friday and Saturday, February 26-17 when they complete at the New England Championships. The Championships are hosted by Boston University and get underway at noon on Friday.