Monday, January 31, 2011

Spiders at George Mason Invitational (Jan 29)

In the 3,000M Spider redshirts, Amy Van Alstine (9:43.66) and Nicol Traynor (9:47.56) went 1-2. Van Alstine will compete in the USATF National Cross Country Championships in San Diego, CA next weekend along with Matt Llano, Jon Wilson and Ryan Lee.

This past weekend at George Mason our Spiders made progress, and improved from the week before:

X'auntasia Johnson in the triple jump...

Coach Lambert talks with Amanda Caporelli and X'auntasia Johnson...

Freshman, Alli Mannon in the Mile...

5K-10K specialist, Levi Grandt following a PR in the Mile...

Ellis Mays (FR), Patrick Love (FR) and Kyle Ragan (r-FR) pause for a picture following the Mile.

Tremayne Graham prepares for the 60M dash final...HE placed 3rd in a personal best 7.01.

Stephanie Paradis (SO) in the DMR...

Junior, Andi DeFonce in the DMR...

Jenn Ennis anchors the DMR...

Spiders See Improvement At Patriot Games

The indoor track & field teams have a successful weekend at GMU.

by KC Rismiller

Jan. 30, 2011

FAIRFAX, Va. - The Richmond men's and women's indoor track & field teams had an impressive showing this weekend at the Patriot Games hosted by George Mason University. Jenn Ennis, X'auntasia Johnson, Beth Kelly, Tremayne Graham and Devin Cassels all clinched top-five spots in their events.

"We made some good progress this week," said women's head coach Lori Taylor. "The team and individual focus on competing was good. We want to see this same progress each week as we move toward the championship part of our season.

Senior Jenn Ennis placed third in the mile run (5:03.61), followed by freshman Alli Mannon in seventh (5:11.03).

Spider's senior X'auntasia Johnson came in second-place in the women's triple jump with a mark of 11.54m.

Junior Beth Kelly finished fifth in the 3000m run with a time of 10:14.71, along with fellow junior Emma Berry who placed 13th (10:34.14).

Seniors Amy Van Alstine and Nicol Traynor also participated in the women's 3000m run, however, they ran unattached. Van Alstine clinched first-place with a time of 9:43.66, and Traynor finished second (9:47.56). Both women broke the Richmond 3000m record, however, it will not be official due to the women running unattached.

Van Alstine will be eligible to participate in the outdoor season, and before then, she will compete in the USA Cross Country Championships next weekend in San Diego, Calif. Traynor is redshirting the 2011 indoor season.


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