NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rhode Island’s Benjamin Ezike and Mariah Claudio have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week for meets held Feb. 10-16, respectively, the league announced Monday. Also honored were URI’s Jared Gray and Amber Sekoll who were named the A-10 Men’s and Women’s Rookies of the Week.
Ezike, a sophomore from Staten Island, N.Y., took over the conference lead in the long jump (23' 8.75") while furthering his lead in the triple jump (48' 4.75") this past weekend at the Armory Winter Games. Both jumps qualified him for IC4A, while the long jump ranks third all-time in Rhode Island history and the triple jump ranks eighth.
Claudio, a sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., competed in the 200-meter dash at the Brown Collegiate Invitational and took home first place with a time of 26.21. She also was part of the 4x400 relay team that also placed first.
Marshall, a senior from Mountain Top, Pa., set a new school in the Pole Vault with a height of 14’ 1 ¼” (4.30m) at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. She is currently tied for 10th in the nation in the Pole Vault.
Gray, a freshman from Bayport, N.Y., qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:05.18. The run is currently the second fastest time by a freshman in the conference. In the Armory Winter Games, it was only his third time running the event in his career as this year is the first he has ever competed in indoor tack.
Sekoll, a freshman from East Hampton, Conn., tied for first place in the pole vault at the Brown Collegiate Invitational with a mark of 3.34 meters.