Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spiders Head to NCAA Championships East Preliminary Round

(R-L)-Spiders Amy Van Alstine (5K-16:09.22),
Jill Prentice (5K-16:39.79) 
and Nicol Traynor (3KSC-10:11.20 and 5K-16:10.37)
lead a strong Richmond distance crew into
the NCAA Championships East Preliminary Round.
  The Spiders start competition tomorrow...
....with 10 Athletes in 12 Events.
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Andrew Benford will run the 3K Steeplechase and the 5000M
at the NCAA Championships East Prelim Round. 
Benford has career bests of 
8:46.12 (3KSC-2011 A-10 Conference Championships) and
13:55.88 (5000M-2011 Mt SAC Relays) this season.   
Benford won the 3K Steeplechase Championship
at the prestigious Penn Relays last month (LINK).

Jenn Ennis will race the 3,000M Steeplechase...
Ennis ran 10:30.27 in the 3,000m steeplechase
to win the UNC Invitational 2 weeks ago in a career best.

Monica Howard will compete in the Discus Throw.
Her winning throw of 49.86M in the Discus at the
Atlantic 10 Conference broke her own school record.

Matt Llano qualified in the 10,000M and the 5,000M.
Llano ran the 10,000M in 28:43.30 at
Stanford's Payton Jordan Inv. and
14:00.01 in the 5,000M at the 2011 Mt SAC Relays in Los Angeles.
However, he will focus on the 10K...opting out of the 5K.
Llano is a 2010 NCAA All-American in the 10K
placing 9th in the NCAA final last year.

Meaghan McGovern will compete in the Hammer Throw.
McGovern's mark (55.85M) at the
Atlantic 10 Conference Championships
is a career best for the Spider junior. 
McGovern won the College Division of the Hammer
at the 2011 Penn Relays.

Jill Prentice will race the 5,000M.
Prentice ran 16:39.79 in the 5,000M this season
at the Mt SAC Relays in Los Angeles.
The Spider freshman from NJ also ran 4:32 in the 1500M
two weeks ago, both her 5K and 1500M marks are career bests.

• Julie Rechel will compete in the 10,000M.
Rechel ran 35:14.82 in the 10,000M at the 2011 Penn Relays
a few days after placing 2nd in the
2011 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship (LINK).

Heather Roush will compete in the Javelin Throw.
Roush recently won the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
title making extending the streak to 8 years in a row
a Spider athlete has won the Javelin. 
Her career best came in the first meet of the season,
our own Fred Hardy Invitational where she threw 48.08M
to establish a new school record.

Nicol Traynor will also double in the 3,000M steeplechase
and the 5,000M (16:10.37).
She ran a career best in the 3Ksteeplechase (10:11.20)
at the A-10 Championships...
At the time her 3KSC mark ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA... 
It also qualifies her for the USATF Championships
and the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials.

Nicol Traynor ran 16:10.37 in the 5,000M at the
2011 Mt SAC Relays setting her career best.

Amy Van Alstine qualified in the 5,000m (16:09.22)
and the 1,500m (4:19.38)...
however, she will focus on the 5K...
opting out of the 1500M..
Van Alstine ran the 5,000M in 16:09.22 at the 2011 Mt SAC Relays
in Los Angeles after leading nearly the entire race.
Her 1500M time of 4:19.38 set a school record,
A-10 Meet record and UNCC Facility Record.
She was also named the
2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Track Athlete of the Year
for her effort in winning the 1500M
and 5K races in the league championships.

Tremayne Graham ran 10.62 in the 100M dash
to narrowly miss qualifying
for the NCAA Championships East Preliminary Round. 
This year 10.50 in the 100M dash qualified. 
Graham is also a standout football player for the Spiders.

Tim Quinn capped a stellar career for the Spiders
by running 14:08.96 in the 5,000M
at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational. 
His time qualified him for the NCAA Championship East Prelims,
unfortunately in a freak occurrence he suffered
a broken 3rd metatarsal bone in his foot
while running the 10K at the A-10 Championships ending his season.

Chris York narrowly missed qualifying in the 10,000M
by a mere 1.28 seconds.
The Spider sophomore ran 30:11.99 in the 10,000M
at the 2011 Mt SAC Relays.

Track & Field Sending 10 Athletes In 12 Events To NCAA Preliminary Round

The East Region Preliminary Round is May 26-28 at Indiana University.

May 19, 2011

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND - The NCAA announced the participants in the 2011 Division I Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championship Competition, which is set to welcome 10 University of Richmond Spiders in 12 events.


Freshman Jill Prentice is looking to the NCAA Championship
East Prelims with optimism. 

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