AMHERST, Mass. -- The Rhode Island Men's Outdoor Track and Field team won their 11th overall Atlantic 10 Outdoor title on Sunday afternoon in Amherst Massachusetts at the UMass Track & Field Complex.
The Rams finished with a total of 201.5 points, and kept their day one lead. Rhode Island was paced by gold medal performances over the two day event in the 110 meter hurdles (John Stallworth), 400 meter hurdles (Adam Franklin), high jump (Eric Wicks), pole vault (Ondrej Honka), long jump (Casey Burley), hammer throw (Alex Briggs) and javelin throw (Greg McManus).
George Mason finished in second with 193 points. The Patriots recorded first place finishes in the 4x800 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay, 4x100 meter relay, triple jump (Raeshawn Bishop), 500 meters (Steven Flynn), 800 meters (Nathan Schulte), 3000 meter steeplechase (Paul Adam), 400 meter dash (Rico Gomez), and the 100 and 200 meter dashes (Bernard Freeman). The Patriots set a new A-10 record in the men's 4x400 meter relay crossing the line in 3:10.28 breaking a record that stood since 1998.
Massachusetts came in third with 123 points. Saint Louis (75 points) and VCU (68) rounded out the top five. Duquesne finished in sixth with 50 points and was followed by Saint Joseph's (45.5 points), La Salle (40 points), Davidson (35 points), Fordham (20 points) and George Washington (5 points).
George Mason's Bernard Freeman was honored as the Men's Track Performer of the Year following his first place performances in the 100 meter dash (10.67) and in the 200 meter dash (21.15). He also was a part of the 4x100, and the record breaking 4x400 relay team.
Rhode Island's Casey Burley was named the Men's Field Performer of the Year after earning gold in the long jump with a jump of 7.48 meters. He also took silver in the triple jump.
Fordham's Ryan Kutch was named the Men's Rookie of the Year after earning first-place in the 10,000-meter run.
John Copeland of Rhode Island was named the Men's Coach of the Year
Men's Track Performer of the Year
Bernard Freeman, George Mason
Men's Field Performer of the Year
Casey Burley, Rhode Island
Men's Rookie of the Year
Ryan Kutch, Fordham
Men's Coach of the Year
John Copeland, Rhode Island