2019 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO BEGIN SATURDAY
Newport News, Va. – The Rhode Island’s Men’s and the VCU Women’s outdoor track & field teams will look to defend their Atlantic 10 Conference titles this weekend in the 2019 A-10 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at the UMass Track & Field Complex in Amherst, Mass.
The championships begin Saturday at 8:45 am with track events, opening with the women’s 10,000-meter run. Multi-events start at 10:15 am and the field events will begin at 10:30 am. Sunday’s schedule begins at 9:00 am.
The Rhode Island men will be in pursuit of their eighth A-10 title since 2007. The Rams will be led in part by five performers that currently sit atop the A-10 in their respective events. Junior Anthony Delasanta (400 Meters) and senior Adam Franklin (400-Meter Hurdles) lead the track runners, while senior Thomas Vadis (Hammer Throw), senior Ryan Wilkes (Pole Vault), and junior Greg McManus (Javelin) lead the field performers. The Rams are coached by 10-time Coach of the Year, John Copeland.
George Mason, last year’s runner-up on the men’s side, will look to challenge Rhode Island for this year’s title. The Patriots currently have four student-athletes leading events on the A-10 performance list. Seniors Rico Gomez (100-Meters), sophomores Jaylen Simmons (Shotput) and Benjamin Viau (Discus), and freshman Cason Gardner (High Jump) lead the way for Mason. The Patriots also have the top A-10 performances in both the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. George Mason looks to reclaim the top spot in the Outdoor Championship after winning the Indoor Track & Field Championship in February.
Also in pursuit of this year’s men’s championship will be Davidson, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Saint Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis and VCU.
On the women’s side, VCU will look to repeat as champions and earn its third A-10 women’s title since 2016.
The Rams are led by a strong field team with sophomore Aliyah Newman (Triple Jump) and senior Camora Sanders (Shotput and Discus) at the top of the performance list in their respective events. Emily Mulhern (5,000 and 10,000-Meters) and Kara Lyles (400-Meter Hurdles) lead the track performers.
Dayton, last year’s runner-up on the women’s side, will try to improve upon their second-place finish last year, as they finished with 109 points. The Flyers will try to capture their first-ever Atlantic 10 Women’s Championship in this weekend’s events.
Also in contention for the women’s title along with VCU and Dayton are Davidson, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, and Saint Louis.
The Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be split over two days, with action starting at 8:45 am on Saturday and 9:15 am on Sunday. Complete coverage including live results and photos will be available at Atlantic10.com.