KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island won the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship Sunday, its fourth title in the last five years. The Rams finished with 204 points, almost 60 points ahead of second place at the meet, which was contested at URI’s Mackal Field House.
Rhody athletes finished first in seven events, including two gold medal placings by senior Nigel Hill, who place first in the 200 meters (21.27) and set a new record in the 60 meters. His time of 6.75 in the 60 meter final broke the meet and facility records. He had tied the meet record and set the facility mark Saturday in the preliminaries with a 6.82, and was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Track Performer.
The Rams also had top finishes from Ryan Wilkes in the pole vault (5.02 meters), Casey Burley in the long jump (7.33 meters) and triple jump (15.24), Jack Kahrs in the high jump (2.13 meters) and by Brandon Amo in the weight throw (18.36 meters). Burley earned the championship’s Most Outstanding Field Performer distinction.
George Mason broke several records en route to a second-place finish with 141.5 points. Blaine Lacey set a facility and championship record with a 800 meter time of 1:50.95. The Mason 4 X 800 relay team of Logan Miller, Lacey, Cameron Steven and Nathan Schulte set a championship and facility record with a time of 7:36.40. Schulte also set his own record with a 2:25.24 in the 1,000 meters, establishing a new championship mark.
Mason also had first-place finishes from Tyler Benson in the 500 meters (1:03.88) and Rico Gomez in the 400 meters (48.58). VCU finished third with 79 points and had first-place finishes from Ian Davis in the 60-meter hurdles (8.14) and the 4 X 400 relay team of Chukwuezugo Aguolu, Kahlil Shepard, Zayd Abdul-Ali and Devon Thompson.
Fordham was fourth with 58 points, followed by Massachusetts with 56.5 and Saint Joseph’s with 55 points. La Salle (54) and Saint Louis (51) were seventh and eighth respectively, while Davidson and George Washington rounded out the field.
Long-time Rhode island coach John Copeland was voted the Indoor Track & Field Men’s Coach of the Year for the 10th time. Fordham freshman Anthony Misko was named Rookie of the Year. Misko placed third in the 500 meters (1:05.35) and also was part of the Fordham 4 x 400 meter relay team.