Rhode Island wrapped up the first day of competition at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship in first with 59 total points. George Mason sits in second with 49.5 team points, while host Massachusetts is third with 41 points, Saint Louis is fourth with 32 points, and Fordham is fifth with 29.5 points. Rhode Island had two competitors win individual titles in Thomas Vadis (hammer) and Jack Reichenbach (long jump).
Highlights from Competition
- Thomas Vadis was crowned the hammer throw champion with a winning mark of 57.55 meters. The Providence, R.I. native was also named the A-10 indoor hammer throw champion in February. Johnathan Buchanan placed third (54.80m), Jide Akinjisola finished fifth (52.15m), and Abraham Salako was sixth (51.77m).
- Jack Reichenbach won the long jump with a personal best time of 7.38 meters. It is the freshman's first A-10 crown.
- Joe Maguire finished seventh in the first event for the day for the Rams, clocking in at 31:00.13 in the 1000 meters.
- Gregory Potter placed fourth in the pole vault (4.55m) and Drew Nealey was fifth (4.40m).
- Adam Franklin and Callan Davies both qualified for Sunday's 110 meter hurdle finals, finishing 14.78 seconds and 14.80 seconds respectively.
- Franklin crossed the finish line first in the 400 meter hurdle prelims, qualifying for the Sunday final in 52.90 seconds.
- Anthony Delasanta placed third in the 400 meter preliminaries, qualifying for Sunday's final in 47.69 seconds.
- Delasanta finished the 200 meter prelims with a qualifying time of 21.54 seconds.
- Joseph Carter qualified for the 100 meter final on Sunday with a time of 10.928 seconds.
- Nathan Coogan finished fifth in the 800 meter preliminaries with a final qualifying time of 1:52.04.
- Drew Nealey sits in second after day one of competition in the decathlon. The junior has raked in 3096 total points after finishing second in the shot put (11.75m), third in the high jump (1.80m), fourth in the 100 meters (11.98s), fourth in the long jump (6.07m), and sixth in the 400 meters (54.46s).
The Rams return to competition tomorrow in day two of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Rhody wraps up competition beginning at 9:15 a.m.