Garrett Graham and Megan Ney win in Charlottesville
Last weekend we headed down the road an hour to the University of Virginia for their Lou Onesty Invitational. There were a couple of events held Friday with the majority of the meet contested on Saturday. It’s historically been a good meet and nice because it’s so close to home for us….so, the majority of our team members do not miss classes. A little trivia...Lou Onesty was a Univ. of Richmond graduate and standout athlete for the Spiders before coaching at both Virginia Tech and retiring at the Univ. of Virginia.
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Megan Ney placed 2nd in the Long Jump with 5.69M (18'08")...while Amanda Caporelli was 9th with a jump of 5.26M…
Ney returned to win the Triple Jump tying her own school record of 12.02M (39'05.25")...X'auntasia Johnson placed 4th (11.31M). On the day before (Friday), Ney placed 4th in the High Jump (1.61M-5:03.25") under very windy conditions...
Garrett Graham won the men’s 1500M title for the Spiders with a time of 3:56.12. His splits were 65.1 at 400M, 2:08.0 @ 800M (62.9), 3:10.3@ 1200M (62.3), 3:56.12 (44.5 for last 300M). Kevin Romesser ran 4:12.1 heat 1...while freshman, Adam Spatacco placed 3rd in heat 2 (4:11.3). Graham returned for work in the 800M (1:57.89) to win Heat 3...Freshman, Mike Petrakis ran 2:00.32 in section #2.
On Friday, Meaghan McGovern (50.57M) and Monica Howard (48.49M) placed 3rd and 4th in the Hammer throw for the Spiders and Howard returned to place 7th in the Javelin (35.72M). Howard also returned on Saturday in her specialty, to place 4th in the discus with 44.60M (146'04").
In the women's 1500M, Diana Filtz ran 4:50.5 and Freshman, Kaitlyn Oliver-5:05.5 in heat #1…Freshman, Alex Hacket won heat #2 in 4:58.2 and Chelsea Babcock ran 5:16.8… This is Hacket’s first track season since her high school did not have a team. In the women’s 800M Alyssa Mankin ran 2:21.69. Diana Filtz (2:21.96), Alex Hacket (2:25.64), Kaitlyn Oliver (2:26.70) and Chelsea Babcock (2:33.97) returned in the 800M.
Chris York, coming off a great 10K last weekend at the Colonial Relays where he ran 31:28, ran 8:58.23 in the 3K to place 12th. Matt Mello placed 14th in the 400M (51.53)...splits...24.4 for 1st 200M...27.1 for 2nd half of his race…
Chris Eccelston, still working with his new javelin, placed 7th in javelin (181'03").
On Friday, Devin Cassels placed 4th in the Pole Vault with a vault of 4.15M...a season best for him.
Steve Taylor Quote:“Garrett Graham looked great today winning the 1500M. Even though the race went out slow (@65 seconds) he was patient...and let the race develop. He moved well over the final lap closing under 60 second pace... It was a good race and the best I’ve seen him in his career. He was on today.”
Lori Taylor Quote: “Megan Ney continues to show her senior leadership and competitiveness. The focus this weekend with her was the triple jump...To start the day she was leading the Long Jump entering finals and we elected to not have her jump finals so she was fresher for the triple jump...Unfortunately, she was passed in finials and ended 2nd...She then entered the triple jump and put it together in finals to tie her own school record...She has an even bigger jump in her and she knows it...In the throws, Monica Howard threw well in the discus... It’s good to see some of our upper classmen leading the team with their performances...They are becoming more consistent each weekend which will put them in position for the A-10 Championships...We rested most of our distance runners today but they return to compete next weekend at Mt SAC in Los Angeles, Princeton or VCU.”
LIVE Results Link for Lou Onesty Invite