May 8, 2005
RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore Ashhad Agyapong (Trenton, N.J.) posted school records to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and senior Andre' Reid (South Windsor, Conn.) became the first-ever three-time winner in the shot put as the University of Rhode Island men's track & field team won an unprecedented fifth-straight Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship Sunday.
"Our kids responded well today, particularly, the hurdlers and sprinters," Rhode Island head coach John Copeland said. "What I have always looked for in coaching is consistency. It's one thing to win one year, but to win five consecutive titles shows the consistency of the program."
The Rams won with a score of 198 points, finishing 14.5 points ahead of second-place La Salle (183.5). Duquesne took third with 159 points and Fordham was fourth with 63 points. Rhode Island has won four of the last five Atlantic 10 Indoor titles and now five-straight A10 Outdoor championships, giving the Rams nine of the last 10 conference men's track & field championships.
Rhode Island was in third place with 70 points, two points behind first-place La Salle, after the first day of competition Saturday and Copeland had some doubt whether the Rams could pull off their fifth-straight title.
"Saturday night we tried to figure out how the scoring would end up based upon our reasonable expectations for how our guys would perform," Copeland said. "We really didn't think we could win it. We went to bed on Saturday night thinking that we were going to get second place and worrying about how to be gracious in defeat. To pull this off is impressive. It took some tremendous performances Sunday to do this. I'm really proud of what the guys did today."
Agyapong ran the 100 dash in a school record and NCAA Regional qualifying time of 10.37 seconds and posted a school-record and NCAA Regional qualifying time of 21.00 seconds to win the 200 dash. He also ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 relay team on his way to earning the meet's Most Outstanding Track Performer. Agyapong also received the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships in February. Agyapong now has five individual Atlantic 10 crowns in two years at Rhode Island.
Reid threw the shot 55-feet-9 3/4 to win the event for an unprecedented third-straight time. He also was the three-time Atlantic 10 Indoor champion. Reid finished second in the discus with a heave of 162-0 and finished second in the javelin with a throw of 199-1 to score 26 points for the Rams.
Junior Eric Groce (Rutland, Vt.), who had a hurt hamstring which forced him out of the 4x100 relay, came back from the injury to finish second behind teammate Agyapong in both the 100 and 200 dashes. Groce ran a personal best time of 21.17 in the 200 and a 10.50 in the 100, which was just .04 off of his school record (10.46), which Agyapong broke in the same race.
Sophomore LaeJon Brooks (West Orange, N.J.) won the 400 hurdles in a time of 54.71 seconds and finished second in the 110 hurdles in 14.43 seconds. Sophomore Christopher Adams (Selden, N.Y.) finished third in the 110 high hurdles in 14.77 seconds and took seventh in the 400 hurdles in 58.63 seconds.
Freshman Sean Strizzi (Latham, N.Y.) won the pole vault, clearing a height of 15-3. Junior Adam Zucconi (Marlton, N.J.) finished second at 14-9 and freshman Taylor Majewski (Warwick, N.Y.) was foruth at 14-3 1/4.
Rhode Island's 4x100 relay team won for the second-straight year, taking first in a time of 42.06. That team included sophomore Darnell Douglas (Delmar, N.Y.), junior Robert Johnson (Rumford, R.I.), freshman Brendan Lamboy (Warwick, R.I.) and Agyapong.
The Rams took first, second and third in the shot put, with Reid taking first, freshman Ryan McCarthy (Worcester, Mass.) throwing the shot 51-0 1/4 to take second and senior Sean Bramley (New Paltz, N.Y.) finishing third with a toss of 49-10. Bramley also finished third in the discus with a heave of 160-10, while freshman Michael Bernardo (South Attleboro, Mass.) took fifth at 139-2.
Sophomore Dan Godin (Coventry, R.I.) was the runner-up in the hammer throw with a toss of 177-1. Sophomore Paul Chobanian (Providence, R.I.) followed in third at 174-0 and Bernardo took fourth at 153-6. Junior Robert Scales (Middletown, N.J.) also scored in the javelin with a throw of 174-7.
The Rams' 4x400 relay team of freshman Stephen Mateka (Sewell, N.J.), Johnson, Lamboy and Douglas finished third in 3:22.07, while the 4x800 relay team of senior Luis Rodrigues (Pawtucket, R.I.), freshman Thomas Barek (Portsmouth, R.I.), junior Andrew Clark (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Dennis Sheppard (East Bridgewater, Mass.) finished fifth in 8:06.59.
Sophomore Denis Street (Slate Hill, N.Y.) finished third in the long jump, leaping 23-0 1/2, while junior Patrick Mills (Bay Shore, N.Y.) finished fourth in the decathlon with 5,484 points. Douglas took fourth in the 400 in 48.22 seconds, Mateka took seventh in the 400 at 49.52 and was eighth in the 1,500 run in 4:08.04. Lamboy placed eighth in 200 at 22.33.
The Rams return to action when they look for their third-straight New England Outdoor Championship in the three-day event which starts Thursday at the University of New Hampshire.