Rhode Island Men’s Track and Field finished third out of ten teams at the Northeast Challenge hosted by the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut this past weekend.
The Rams were able to pull in 85 team points in total over the weekend. UConn won the event with a team total of 164 points. Southern Connecticut State University took home a second place team finish with a total of 90 points. Rounding out the top five behind third place Rhode Island was the University of Albany with 64 points and Northeastern with 49 points.
Anthony Delasanta was the standout performer for the Rams on the track this past weekend. Delasanta took home first place in the 200 meter with a time of 21.36 seconds. He also finished second in both the 400 meters and the 4×400 meter relay alongside his teammates Adam Franklin, Jordan Ross and De’Von McGriff. In the 400 meter Delasanta ran a time of 47.58 seconds, and the 4×400 relay team finished with a time of 3:13.51.
Adam Franklin, one of the 4×400 participants also ran in the 400 meter hurdles and the 4×100 meter relay. Franklin placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.71 seconds. As a team the Rams 4×100 relay finished in fifth place, and ran a time of 41.62 seconds. Rhody also had two top five finishers in both the high jump and the long jump as well. Jack Reichenbach competed in both events, finishing in fifth in the high jump as he was able to clear 1.93 meters. Reichenbach finished fourth in the long jump and was able to jump a distance of 6.91 meters. Eric Wicks cleared 2.03 meters in the high jump, which was enough for a third place finish in the high jump for him. Garrett Robinson also finished third but in the long jump, going for a distance of 6.93 meters.
For the Hammer Throw, Rhody athletes placed fifth, sixth and seventh. Thomas Vadis finished fifth with a throw of 52.77 meters, Johnathan Buchanan finished sixth with a throw of 52.49 meters and Jide Akinjisola finished seventh with a throw of 51.76 meters. The Rams also had two athletes in the top five for the Javelin. Sawyer Moe placed third with a throw of 59.18 meters, and Greg McManus finished fifth with 58.18 meters.
Rhody Track now looks forward to Saturday, as they will be competing at the Northeastern Invitational, held in Dedham, Massachusetts at the Solomon Track Facility.