Monday, April 19, 2010

Spiders Win Eight Events At VCU Ram Invitational (April 17, 2010)

Chris Eccelston won the Javelin
as he moves back to winning form.

We competed across the nation this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Los Angeles, Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational and at the VCU Ram Invitational. Previous blog posts covers the othe rmeets...This post is a summary of our athletes performances at the VCU Ram Invitational held in Richmond on Saturday, April 17, 2010…

The first part of the post is a summation of tweets from our Twitter Page and the second is an article written by Mike DeGeorge in our Sports Information Department (SID)…
From Steve Taylor's Twitter:

Summary of VCU Invitational...

Coach Lori Taylor Quote on VCU: “Our throwers had a good weekend and that is a key to our team success. Monica, Heather and Meaghan we need them to go after new PR’s and focus on the A-10 Championships…It’s great to see X’auntasia Johnson jump well this weekend. She had two good events… the Long and Triple Jumps…Also, our 4x100M relay dropped nearly 2 seconds off their mark from earlier this season. Overall, it was a good meet for us.”

Coach Steve Taylor Quote on VCU: "I'm happy to see Chris Eccelston gaining the feel for his new javelin. He has 2 more weeks to perfect it for a very competitive javelin field at the A-10 Championships and move into NCAA Regional position. Going into this weekend he sits as the #55 in our East Region and the top 48 make it in. I believe if he throws 62.75M he’ll make it in…Chris York’s 5K win was good. As a freshman he is gaining confidence and gaining the understanding of the different competitive levels of DI. He’s making good progress and I’m happy about that and what it can mean for next XC season…It’s also great to have Tre, Jon and Darrian out from our football team. The coaching staff is very supportive of our program and provides opportunities for their team members that want to compete for our track & field team to be involved. It helps going into the A-10 Championships.”

Meaghan McGovern (52.33M) and Monica Howard (44.67M) go 1-2 in the Women's hammer. Both McGovern (52.43M=172'00") in the hammer AND Heather Roush (43.79M=143'08") in the javelin won their events. Monica Howard (43.37M) and Heather Roush (42.04M) took 1st-2nd in the women's discus. Heather Roush (43.39m) and Monica Howard (33.76m) place 1-2 in the Women's javelin...Molly McGrath (21.69m)

Spiders Assistant Coach, Kunlee Lawson wins the Men's hammer (45.86M) and Men's Discus (45.58M).

Chris Eccleston is getting the feel for his new javelin...He won the men's Javelin Throw in 58.66m (192'05")

Our m's 4x100M (Chris Eccleston, Tre Graham, Darrian Carmichael, Thompson) ran 43.12 to knock the rust off... 4x1 members Tremayne Graham, Jon Thompson and Darrian Carmichael are members of our Spiders football team. It's great to have them out! Tre Graham ran 10:93 and Jon Thompson 11.20 in the 100M to place 4th and 7th...OK since they have not been out of blocks yet in training...

Improvement for our women's 4x100M (Ney, Ubiwa, Johnson, Cottle) from earlier in the season to 48.65.

Devin Cassels place t-2nd in the pole vault with 4.15m

X'auntasia Johnson had a good series
in the LJ and TJ

X'auntasia Johnson had a great day placing 2nd in the Long Jump (5.56M) and 3rd in the triple Jump (11.76M). Megan Ney leaped 11.86M to place 2nd in the triple jump...Johnson 3rd (11.76M). Johnson was followed by Amanda Caporelli (3rd in 5.33M), who is making her comeback in the long jump who placed 3rd (5.33m)

Freshman, Chris York won the 5K...He ran behind the leaders for 2 miles opening in 5:00 for the first mile...5:05 for 2nd mile...from there he opened a lead, extending it through the run 15:40...Not fast, but it's a win and good work for the strategic races we'll likely see in 2 weeks at the A-10 Championships. York ran 31:28 for 10K two weeks ago at Colonial Relays.

Sophomore, Beth Kelly won the 1500M...
leading a Spider sweep.

Spiders sweep the Women's 1500M...Beth Kelly (4:45), Rachel Sykes (4:48), Steph Paradis (4:53),Alex Hacket (4:55), Diana Filtz (4:58), Lydia Morton (4:59) and Kaitlyn Oliver (5:00).

Andi DeFonce was 2nd in the 400H...Her 2nd time competing in the event.

Freshmen, Mike Petrakis (4:09.7) and Adam Spatacco (4:10.1) just set slight PR's at VCU in the 1500M.

Tough day in the high jump...McGrath (1.50M) to place 2nd...Ney NH'ed


Spiders Win Eight Events At Ram Invitational

Richmond heads to the Penn Relays next weekend.

By Mike DeGeorge
Richmond SID

April 17, 2010

RICHMOND - The Richmond track & field team capped a busy weekend battling VCU in what amounted to a dual meet between the city rivals at Sports Backers Stadium downtown. The Spiders walked away with eight wins Saturday afternoon.

The Penn Relays next weekend will serve as Richmond's final tune-up before the Atlantic 10 Championship May 1 in Amherst, Mass.

Meaghan McGovern won the hammer throw, Heather Roush and Chris Eccleston each took the javelin events, Monica Howard won the discus, Chris York was victorious in the 5,000m, Beth Kelly won the 1,500m, Alyssa Mankin won the 800m and the women took the 4x800m relay.

McGovern posted a mark of 52.43m in winning the hammer, followed by Howard in second (44.67m). Howard later won the discus (43.37m) and was second in the javelin (33.76). Roush was the victor in the javelin (43.49m) and was second in the discus (42.04m).

Richmond continued strong showings in the field events as Eccleston took the men's javelin with his toss of 58.66m. In the pole vault, Devin Cassels was second with his mark of 4.15m.

In the women's long jump, X'auntasia Johnson was second (5.56m) and Amanda Caporelli was third (5.33m). Johnson followed that with a third-place finish in the triple jump (11.76m) and Megan Ney was second in the same event (11.86m).

Molly McGrath was second in the high jump with her leap of 1.50m.

Moving to the track, Chris York trailed the leaders for much of the race, but closed hard to win the 5,000m in a time of 15:40.67. Also for the men, Mike Petrakis was third in the 1,500m (4:09.76), Adam Spatacco was fourth in the 1,500m (4:10.64) and Matt Mello took fifth in the 400m (51.69).

A pair of football players ran sprit events as Tremayne Graham was third in the 100m (10.93), followed by Jon Thompson in fourth (11.20). The men's 4x100m relay finished second in 43.12.

For the women, Kelly led the way as the Spiders swept the top eight spots in the 1,500m with her winning time of 4:45.16. Rachel Sykes was second (4:48.39) and Stephanie Paradis was third (4:45.47).

Mankin took 2nd in the 800m in 2:26.00, followed by Chelsea Babcock in third (2:37.09). Andi DeFonce was second in the 400m hurdles (1:08.88), McGrath was third in the 200m (27.19) and JoAnna Ubiwa was fourth (27.48).

The women's 4x100m relay placed second (48.65) and the 4x800m relay finished first (9:42.91).

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