TheÂ University of Rhode Island women’sÂ track team finishedÂ third at the Yale Invitational this weekend, while theÂ men’sÂ squadÂ took firstÂ place Tuesday afternoon at Holy Cross.
The women’s third-place finish wasÂ outÂ of 11 teams, with Dartmouth finishing in the top spot followed by Brown.
The Rams had three top-place finishers on the day, starting with Kelly McCabe who grabbed first place in the javelin throw. In the pole vault Kaylan Pickford took first place with a 3.70–meterÂ jump. The final first place finish on the day came from Emily Renna. Renna won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.27.
The women’s season continues as they travel to Philadelphia on Thursday. The Rams will be competing in the Penn Relays starting at 10 a.m.
The men’s teamÂ tookÂ home first place Tuesday as they took on Holy Cross,Â the University ofÂ New Hampshire and Worcester State. The Rams ended the day with 173 points,Â justÂ ahead of second place team Holy Cross who finished with 165.
Jalen Young hadÂ a successful day with two first-place finishes. His first victory came in the 100-meter dash, right ahead of teammate Tyler Oliveria who took second. Young’s second first-place win came in the 200-meter dash with Oliveria again finishing in a close second.
“We did the job we needed to do,” Rhode Island men’s track and field head coach John Copeland said. “Our guys had a successful day, earning multiple first-place finishes.”
James Strawderman and Jordan BurdandtÂ had the one-two finish for Rhode Island in the pole vault. The Rams also had the twoÂ top finishers in the shot put afterÂ Trent Baltzell and Carl Whitham were theÂ bestÂ throwers on the day.
Baltzell had a strong day, competing in three events. He took third in the 400-meter hurdles and added another first-place finish in the discus throw.
With multiple second- and third-place finishes on the day, the Rams took home six first-place finishes. The lastÂ winÂ on the dayÂ for Rhode IslandÂ came from Mahlik Handley in the hammer throw, capping offÂ a dominant performance in throwing events on the day.
“We stayedÂ consistent throughout the day and everyone did their job,” Copeland said. “Everyone looked better on the track, and stronger in the throwing events. But, we need to stay strong through the next upcoming meets.”
The men’s team will also be traveling to Philadelphia for this weekend’s Penn Relays. The men’s meet will start at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.