FAIRFAX, Va. – The Rhode Island Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team won their 12th overall Atlantic 10 Outdoor title on Sunday afternoon at George Mason Stadium.
The Rams finished with a total of 216.5 points. Rhode Island received gold medal efforts from Jack Khars (high jump), Derek Jacobs (discus), Casey Burley (triple jump), Drew Nealey (decathlon), and Nigel Hill (100 meters, 200 meters).
George Mason finished second with 172.5 points. In the last and most exciting race of the evening, where the top three teams broke the record, the Patriots broke their own 4x400-meter relay record they set last year with a time of 3:09.10. Along with their 4x400-relay performance, George Mason claimed the gold medal in 110-meter hurdles (John Seals), and the 400 meter (Rico Gomez).
VCU (93 points), Duquesne (70 points), and Davidson (60 points) rounded out the top five. Coming in sixth was Massachusetts (56 points) and following them was George Washington (55 points), Saint Louis (42 points), La Salle (33 points), Fordham (27 points), and Saint Joseph’s (26 points).
Rhode Island’s Hill was awarded the Men’s Track Performer of the Meet following his performances in the 100 meters (10.59) and the 200 meters (21.19).
Mason’s Seals was honored as the Men’s Field Performer of the Meet after his performances in the long jump (2nd), high jump (2nd), pole vault (4th), and javelin (6th).
Duquesne’s Isaac Elliott was named the Men’s Rookie of the Meet. Elliott finished second in the 100 meters (10.71) and fourth in the 200 meters (21.61).
John Copeland of Rhode Island was named Men’s Coach of the Year, for the second straight year.
Men’s Track Performer of the Year
Nigel Hill, Rhode Island
Men’s Field Performer of the Year
John Seals, George Mason
Men’s Rookie of the Year
Isaac Elliott, Duquesne
Men’s Coach of the Year
John Copeland, Rhode Island