NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The University of Rhode Island is set to host the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held at URI’s Mackal Fieldhouse, Feb. 22-23.
The Rhode Island men, last year’s runner-up, look to regain the A-10 title this weekend after capturing two of the previous three conference championships. The Rams are led by senior William Janes, who tops the A-10 in the weight throw (63’ 5.5”), along with sophomores Ben Ezike and Kebba Nasso. Ezike holds the top spot in both the long jump (23” 8.75”) and the triple jump (48’ 4.75”), while Nasso is first in the 400 meters (47.85)
Also contending for this year’s championship on the men’s side is, A-10 newcomer, George Mason. The Patriots are led by senior Adrian Vaughn, who currently leads the A-10 in both the 60 meters (6.91) and the 200 meters (21.38) along with being currently ranked second in the 400 meters (48.17). Other Mason performers currently holding the top spot in their respective events are seniors Craig Morgan (1,000 meters) and Wes Sun (Pole Vault) and junior Anthony Williams (60 meter hurdles).
Also in pursuit of this year’s men's title will be Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis and VCU.
On the women’s side, Rhode Island looks to build on last year’s second place finish and capture the school’s first A-10 Indoor Track & Field title since the 2005 season. Also in contention are last year’s third, fourth and fifth place finishers, VCU, Dayton and Duquesne.
The VCU women are led by three time Atlantic 10 performer of the week, Kiara Porter. Porter, a junior from Yorktown, Va., currently leads the A-10 in the 200 meters (23.70), the 400 meters (52.99) and the 500 meters (1:12.62). Along with leading A-10 in each of those categories, Porter is also ranked nationally in each event, 26th in the 200 meters, 12th in the 400 meters and 17th in the 500 meters.
Dayton, who is searching for the its first title since 2011, is led by juniors Miranda Nelson and Ally Weeman who are currently ranked first in the A-10 in the shot put and weight throw, respectively.
Duquesne seniors Haley Pisarcik and Amber Valimont currently lead in the A-10 in the 1,000 meters (2:51.46) and the mile (4:48.57), respectively. Both will look to the lead the Dukes to their first A-10 Indoor title this weekend.
Leading the way for the La Salle Explorers is senior Meghan McGlinchey. McGlinchey currently sits atop the A-10 leaderboards in both the 3,000 meters (9:30.93) and the 5,000 meters (15:46.50) and is looking to make A-10 history this weekend as she goes for her third consecutive title in the women’s 5,000 meters.
Also competing for this year’s title are Fordham, George Mason, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis.
The 2014 Indoor Track & Field Championships will be split over two days, with action starting at 9:00 am on Saturday. Complete results, order of events and live results will be available online at www.atlantic10.com.