NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rhode Island’s Greg McManus was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Performer and Rookie of the Week while Dayton’s Erin Reese and Rhode Island’s Janel Conley were named the Women’s Co-Performers of the Week. Also honored was Davidson’s Carly Peters who was awarded Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances held from Mar. 27-April 2.
McManus, a freshman from Howell, N.J., won the javelin at Bryant's Black & Gold Invitational. In his first meet as a Ram, he had a throw of 72.29m (237' 2"), setting a new URI school record by over 13 feet. This throw also puts him first in the conference and eighth in the nation. It's the best mark by a freshman in the country so far this season.
Reese set the UD school record in the discus with a mark of 50.87m and took first place in the event at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational hosted by University of Cincinnati. Her mark broke a Flyer record (48.84m) by Jodi Borges that has stood since 1999. Her throw in the discus is the second-best in the A-10 this season. Reese also took second-place in the hammer throw to help the Flyers to a second-place team finish behind the host Bearcats. The redshirt-sophomore from Mt. Prospect, Ill., holds the best mark in the A-10 in the hammer throw this season with a mark of 56.76m.
Conley placed 13th in the heptathlon at the prestigious Texas Relays last week, earning a total of 5,227 points. She placed seventh in the long jump, (18' 10.75") 12th in the high jump, (5' 5.75") 13th in the 100 meter hurdles, (14.06s) 15th in the 800 meters, (2:22.96) 17th in the shot put, (35' 10"), and 20th in the javelin, (92' 2"). The senior’s score of 5,227 is the third all-time best Rhode Island mark and currently ranks 15th in the nation. The Burlington, Vt., native is currently leading the A-10 in the 100 meter hurdles, long jump and heptathlon.
Peters placed third overall in the javelin at the VertKlasse Meeting with a toss of 42.65-meters (139'11). The freshman from Eaglesville, Pa., remains atop the Atlantic 10 performance list with the three best throws this season in the league.