Rams Ready For Larry Ellis Invitational This Weekend

Rams Ready For Larry Ellis Invitational This Weekend

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's track & field team will head to Princeton, N.J. for the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University on Friday, Apr. 21 and Saturday, Apr. 22.

The Rams will compete against a slew of teams, including Princeton, Connecticut, Penn, Cornell, Villanova and La Salle, among others. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

URI vs. Princeton

  • The Rams and the Tigers have met numerous times in recent history.
  • Since 2010, URI has competed in the Larry Ellis four times. This will be the third year in a row that Rhody makes the trip to Princeton.
  • During the indoor season, the two teams competed in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. The meet was non-team scoring.
  • Every year since 2005, both teams have sent representatives to the Penn Relays. That meet is also non-team scoring.
  • Since 2008, the Rams and Tigers have met in the IC4A Outdoor Championship six times, with the last meeting coming in 2015. Princeton outranked URI in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014, while Rhode Island outranked Princeton in 2013. The two teams tied for eighth at the 2015 meet.
  • Rhody has competed in 10 total IC4A Outdoor Championships that were hosted by Princeton. They finished in the top 10 in two of those meets: 1982 (ninth of 39 teams), 2013 (10th of 48 teams) and 2015 (tied for eighth of 47 teams).

About Larry Ellis

  • The Larry Ellis Invitational is named after long-time Princeton men's track & field coach, Larry Ellis.
  • Ellis was the first African-American track head coach in any Ivy League school and coached the Tigers from 1970 to 1992.
  • During his tenure, Ellis led Princeton to 11 Heptagonal League titles.
  • Ellis was also the head coach of the 1984 United States men's track & field team. His team won two gold medals: one by Carl Lewis and another by Edwin Moses.
  • Ellis passed away in 1998 at the age of 70.

Last Time On the Track

  • The Rams took second place out of six teams last weekend at the UConn Northeast Challenge, collecting 137 points in the process.
  • Junior Casey Burley finished second in the long jump (24' 6.5") and fourth in the triple jump (49' 9.75"). Burley's long jump is the second-farthest in URI history, while his triple jump is fourth-best in school history.
  • The 4x100-meter relay team of Yeury Galva, Adam Franklin, Jared Gray and Marlon Montague won the event in 3:16.67.
  • Franklin also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.02 seconds.
  • Ryan Wilkes took second in the pole vault (15' 11") while Ondrej Honka finished third with the same height, but Wilkes reached in fewer attempts.
  • Nigel Hill (21.78 seconds), DeAngelo Berry (22.36 seconds) and Joseph Carter (22.36 seconds) finished second-third-fourth in the 200-meter. John Stallworth also finished sixth (22.40 seconds).
  • Freshman Gregory McManus followed up his record-breaking performance from two weeks ago with a third-place finish in the javelin with a distance of 61.20 meters (200' 9").
  • The 4x100-meter team of Childress Cannon, Joseph Carter, John Stallworth and Nigel Hill finished third in 41.31 seconds.
  • Nigel Hill finished third in the 100-meter in 10.91 seconds. Joseph Carter finished fifth in 11.02 seconds.
  • Junior Darrik Muroski took third in the shot put with a distance of 14.90 meters (48' 10.75"). Sophomore Nicholas White finished fifth with a throw of 13.27 meters (43' 6.5").
  • The Rams took spots three through six in the hammer. Brandon Amo took third (187' 0"), Joseph Mattson fourth (179' 8"), Olusegun Vadis fifth (178' 0") and Alex Briggs sixth (177' 7").
  • The following athletes surpassed personal records at the Northeast Challenge:

Burley Earns Co-Performer of the Week Honors

  • Casey Burley earned Atlantic 10 Co-Performer of the Week honors for his marks at the Northeast Challenge.
  • This is the second time this year that Burley has won this award. He did so twice during indoor season during the weeks of Jan. 10 and 17.
  • Burley is the second Ram to win it during the outdoor season and the 35th Rhody outdoor athlete overall to win.

Order of Events

Field Events
Fri. 2 p.m. - Hammer, Javelin, Pole Vault
Sat. 11 a.m. - Shot Put, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Discus
Sat. Noon - High Jump

Track Events
Fri. 5:20 p.m. - 800-Meter
Fri. 6:20 p.m. - 3000-Meter Steeplechase
Fri. 7 p.m. - 1500-Meter
Fri. 8:10 p.m. - 5000-Meter
Fri. 9:30 p.m. - 10,000-Meter
Sat. 11 a.m. - 110-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
Sat. Noon - 4x100-Meter Relay
Sat. 1:15 p.m. - 400-Meter
Sat. 1:45 p.m. - 100-Meter
Sat. 2:15 p.m. - 110-Meter Hurdles (Final)
Sat. 2:35 p.m. - 800-Meter
Sat. 3 p.m. - 400-Meter Hurdles
Sat. 3:30 p.m. - 200-Meter
Sat. 4:25 p.m. - 4x400-Meter Relay