May 8, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The University of Rhode Island men's track and field team and the Charlotte women's track and field team held on to their day-one lead to take the 2011 Men's and Women's Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship crown, respectively. Rhode Island's men finished with 179 points while Charlotte's women tallied 169.5.
Charlotte's sprinters led the 49ers on Sunday's competition, taking the top spot in the 100-meter dash, the 400-meter dash, the 4x100-meter relay and winning the 4x400-meter relay in an A-10 championship record time of 3:41.01. Overall, the 49er women booked eight first-place finishes and 16 top-three finishes.
Dayton ended the competition in second place with 133 points. Mallory Barnes earned another first for the Flyers Sunday, winning the shot put with a mark of 14.70m. Teammate Johnna Zaccari took second in the event.
Richmond's Amy Van Alstine and Temple's Victoria Gocht set new meet records in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:19.38 and the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.34, respectively.
The Spiders finished the competition in third with 99.5 points, followed by Duquesne and Rhode Island (93.5), Temple (75), Saint Louis (59.5), Massachusetts (48), Saint Joseph's (32.5), Fordham (25), La Salle (17) and Xavier (12).
On the men's side, Rhode Island picked up nine medals on Sunday, including Andrew Reigstad's silver and Trent Baltzell's gold in the decathlon. Wayne Seaton earned first and second in the 400-meter hurdles (:53.05) and 110-meter hurdles (:14.33), respectively. The Rams also medaled in the 400-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, triple jump and shot put.
Runner-up Charlotte finished just 2.5 points behind first, totaling 176.5 points. Darius Law won gold in the 200-meter dash with a time of :20.73 and the 400-meter dash in a meet-record time of :46.16. The 49ers also took first in the 800-meter run, and the 4x400-meter relay and set an A-10 championship record in the 4x100-meter relay, crossing the line in :40.33 seconds. Jake Deaton also broke a meet record, tossing a mark of 17.88m in the shot put.
Temple finished in third with 131 points, behind Emmanuel Freeland who won the 100-meter dash (:10.69), placed second in the 200-meter dash (:21.12) and helped the 4x100-meter relay to second place (:41.06).
Coming in fourth place was Massachusetts with 89 points, followed by Duquesne (76), Fordham (43), Xavier (42), Saint Louis (37), Richmond (35.5), Saint Joseph's (27), and La Salle (21).
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 Outdoor Track & Field Championships log on to www.atlantic10.com.
2011 Atlantic 10 Track & Field Awards
Men's Coach of the Year: John Copeland, Rhode Island
Women's Coach of the Year: Robert Olesen, Charlotte
Men's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Gabrielle Pickett, Temple
Women's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Briauna Jones, Charlotte
Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer: Jake Deaton, Charlotte
Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer: Mallory Barnes, Dayton
Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Travis Mahoney, Temple
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Amy Van Alstine, Richmond