Feb. 19, 2011
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island men's track and field team and the University of Dayton women's track and field team held on to their day-one lead, becoming the 2011 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Men's and Women's Champions, respectively. Rhode Island finished with 158.5 points, while Dayton won the women's competition for the second year in a row with 161 points.
Both Charlotte teams claimed second, the men earning 155.5 points and the women earning 159 points.
The Rams had a good showing early, earning four first-place finishes. Seniors David Kennedy and Jacob Keeling took first in the 500-meter run (1:03.10) and the shot put (56-02.00) and sophomores Ronald Woodley and Rainford Thomas won the triple jump (48-11.00) and the high jump (6-08.25).
Rhode Island was in second most of the final day until junior Andrew Reigstad (4888) and sophomore Joseph Sliwoski (4487) earned first and third in the heptathlon to give the Rams an edge over defending-champion Charlotte. Rhode Island would not trail again.
The Charlotte sprinters, led by senior Darius Law, recorded four firsts to bring the team total to five wins on the day. Law completed the 200-meter dash in a time of :21.76 and the 400-meter dash in :47.72 seconds. He was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team (3:17.42) to finish more than two seconds ahead of second place. The 49ers also claimed the 55-meter dash and the mile run.
Fordham finished third overall with 88 points, followed by Temple (87), Massachusetts (87), La Salle (60), Saint Louis (45), Saint Joseph's (37), Richmond (35) and Xavier (27).
Continuing Friday's success in the field events, the Flyers won the high jump and placed second and third in the shot put. Freshman Brittani Reid booked a 5-07.00 in the high jump, while seniors Mallory Barnes and Johnna Zaccari threw a 47-10.00 and 46-05.50 in the shot put, respectively. Senior Maureen Bulgrin also earned two individual firsts in the 3000-meter run (9:42.87) and the 5000-meter run (16:52.44). Her 3000-meter run time beat the previous A-10 record by nearly four seconds.
While Dayton's field team carried the Flyers, it was the track events that led Charlotte. The 49ers placed first or second in the 55-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 500-meter run, 800-meter run, mile run, 3000-meter run, 4x400-meter relay and the distance medley relay. The 4x400 relay team set a new A-10 record of 3:48.62.
Rhode Island closed out competition in third place with 105 points, followed by Duquesne (66), Saint Louis (65), Temple (61), Massachusetts (40), Fordham (32), La Salle (29), Saint Joseph's (24), Richmond (23) and Xavier (15).
The first-team All-Conference consists of the individual winners at the two-day Championship, while the All-Conference second team is made up of the second-place finishers. For complete results and statistics of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's & Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships log on to www.atlantic10.com.
2011 A-10 Track and Field Awards
Men's Coach of the Year: John Copeland, Rhode Island
Women's Coach of the Year: Adam Steinwachs, Dayton
Men's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Nick Ross, La Salle
Women's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Ciera Ginyard, Charlotte
Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer: Jacob Keeling, Rhode Island
Women's Most Outstanding Field Performers: Mallory Barnes, Dayton
Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Darius Law, Charlotte
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Maureen Bulgrin, Dayton