The University of Rhode Island men’s and women’s track and field teams combined for 16 top-10 finishes at the Boston University Terrier Classic in Boston this past weekend.
The top performer for the men’s squad at the meet was freshman Marlon Montague, who followed up his Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week performance last week, with an equally impressive meet this weekend. Montague finished fourth in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:03.98, just under one second from a first-place finish. Montague was also part of the 4 by 400-meter relay team that placed fifth overall.
Sophomore Jared Gray was also a part of the 4 by 400-meter relay team that finished fifth for the men’s squad, which had nine top-10 finishes on the day. Gray also was able to finish seventh in the 500-meter dash, just behind Montague.
“I thought Marlon Montague, who ran a personal best competed well, and Jared Gray are starting to really come into form” Rhode Island men’s track and field head coach John Copeland said. “I thought the 500[-meter] runners stood out for us.”
Also of note for the men’s team were sophomore Jack Kahrs and freshman Jacob Reilly, who placed fifth and eighth in the high jump, respectively. Additional performances in the field events saw freshman Nigel Riley finish 10th in the high jump and sophomore Ondrej Honka grab seventh in the pole vault. Senior Sam Snyder secured seventh in shot put and sophomore Mahlik Handley snatched ninth in the weight throw.
“I thought we competed well. We are not where we want to be performance wise right now,” Copeland said. “We will get there in time though.”
The women’s team was nearly as successful as they registered seven top-10 finishes at the meet.
Senior Emily Renna was able to place fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, marking the best finish from any Ram in the entire meet. Â Junior Janel Conley had two top-10 finishes, taking seventh in both the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump, the latter of which was a personal record.
The Rams’ 4 by 400-meter relay team of sophomore Dyshelle Pemberton,Â freshman Keilan Nova,Â sophomore Micaela McPaddenÂ andÂ junior Mariah Claudio, were able to finish seventh, with a time of 3:48.80. The mark was the eighth-best in school history.
“I thought we did a wonderful job competing,” Rhode Island women’s track and field head coach Laurie Feit-Melnick said. “Our team did a solid job and we are looking to keep working hard and improving.”
Graduate student Jess Eason finished eighth in the shot put for Rhode Island, while senior Kim Ezeama grabbed ninth in the triple jump with a personal best of 37 feet and 8 1/2 inches. Sophomore Amber Sekoll also had a ninth place finish in pole vault.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete next in the University of Rhode Island Coaches Invitational at home this Saturday.