Rhode Island Is A Great State For Track & Field

Feb. 20, 2003

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island Rams men's track & field team is about to tackle the Atlantic 10 championships once again this year. The team is looking to secure their third consecutive conference title on February 22, 2003 at 9:45 a.m. in Mackal Field House.

All one has to do is look at the Rhode Island track & field roster to realize that the University is in a prime state for the sport. 42 percent of the Ram's squad is made up of Rhode Island natives.

The remainder of the team consists of student-athletes mostly located within the New England and the New York, New Jersey area with the farthest Ram hailing from Illinois.

Rhode Island standouts and natives include tri-captains, junior Colin Aina (East Providence, R.I.) who last year won the 55m high hurdles and long jump indoor champion titles and this season has qualified as an NCAA provisional athlete in the 55m high hurdles (7.30), and senior William Johnston (Warwick, R.I.) who currently holds the top conference distance in the weight throw (57-08 1/2) and was last years indoor conference runner-up as well as outdoor champion in the hammer throw (192-10). While sophomore Evan Lima (Warwick, R.I.) who currently holds the top conference reach in the high jump (6-9), is looking to compound on last season success after competing at New Englands and earn himself an Atlantic 10 champion title.