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URI track athletes named to A-10 All-Conference teams

By Joe Hollenbeck
On March 21, 2012


University of Rhode Island senior Marissa Norman and junior William Janes were each named to the Atlantic-10 Conference Indoor Track & Field Academic All-Conference teams.

This was the first time that both local players received the high honor.

Norman, a native of Peace Dale, R.I., won her second pentathlon title in a week's time at the 2012 New England Indoor Championship. She earned a personal best 3,515 points after winning the long jump (5.18m), tying for first in the high jump (1.66m) and placing second in the 60m hurdles (9.28), third in the 800m run (2:29.04) and seventh in the shot put (10.21m).

Head coach John Copeland was proud of his runners' performance.

"For them to both perform well on and off the track, is a great accomplishment," he said. "I am very proud to coach at a school that clearly promotes both athletics and academics because both are so important for these players."

Just a week earlier at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship, Norman defended her pentathlon title, earning 3,504 points. She holds a cumulative GPA of 3.61, majoring in psychology.

Janes, from Newport, R.I., was runner-up in the weight throw (18.69m) at the 2012 Atlantic-10 Indoor Championship. He earned third a week later in the weight throw with a personal best 18.78m at the 2012 New England Indoor Championship. He holds a cumulative GPA of 3.44 and is majoring in kinesiology.

The two athletes will have a few days to rest and recover before the outdoor season starts. The next meet for the Rams will take place this weekend at the Northeastern Invitational in Dedham, Mass.

"We are very excited to get the rest of this season done and head outdoors for the spring," Copeland said. "We should be able to compete strongly all year."

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