Friday, September 30, 2011

Richmond Competes at the 2011 Paul Short Invitational

Beth Kelly, Nicol Traynor and Coach Lori Taylor walk to the start line for the Open Race at the 2011 Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University.  A total of over 2500 athletes competed in the college/university and high school races.  (Tom Prentice photo) 

Nicol Traynor, who serves as an undergraduate assistant coach, starts the Open Race at Paul Short. (Tom Prentice photo) 

Traynor (photo center) earned All-America honors in the 3K Steeplechase this spring.  Her 3KSC mark of 10:02.94 qualifies for the USA Olympic Team Trials to be held next summer. (Tom Prentice photo) 

Former Villanova All-American Amanda Marino leads Nicol Traynor  at the 2K mark of the Open race. (Tom Prentice photo)  

Nicol Traynor

Beth Kelly returned to the Spiders line-up at Paul Short.  Here she passes the 2K mark...(Tom Prentice photo) 

Traynor at 3K...(Tom Prentice photo) 

Nicol Traynor sprints to the finish to place 2nd in a loaded field in the Open Race at the  2011 Paul Short Invitational. (Tom Prentice photo) 

After the race Nicol Traynor walks with former teammate and 5K All-American, Amy Van Alstine.  Van Alstine ran 16:06.16 at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was also named the Atlantic 10 Conference Female Track Athlete of the Year for winning the 5K and setting a 1500M meet record of 4:19.38.

In the background is Beth Kelly walking with Nicol Traynor's parents (Mike and Martha). (Tom Prentice photo) 

Beth Kelly finished 45th in the Open Race (23:29 for 6K)...Mike Traynor walks with Beth. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Men warming up...

Freshman, Andrew Valenski pulled on his Spider uniform for the first time this morning. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Jason Skipper led the team in the first two meet of the season...(Tom Prentice Photo)

Men walking the the start. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Men's team on the start line...(Tom Prentice Photo)

Called to the set position...(Tom Prentice Photo)

..and they are off.  (Tom Prentice Photo)

Spider Men...(Tom Prentice Photo)

Billy Fayette, Jason Skipper and Chris York.  (Tom Prentice Photo)

Men off the start line (Tom Prentice Photo)

Chris York  the Richmond men. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Jason Skipper (Tom Prentice Photo)

Jason Skipper and Conor Phelan... (Tom Prentice Photo)

Conor Phelan is one of the leaders for Richmond. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Freshman, Matthew Groff (Tom Prentice Photo)

Freshman, Billy Fayette (Tom Prentice Photo)

Sophomore, Adam Owens (Tom Prentice Photo)

Richmond's Kyle Ragan (Tom Prentice Photo)

Freshman, Andrew Valenski sprinting to the finish. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Jason Skipper finishing (Tom Prentice Photo)

Conor Phelan pushing in... (Tom Prentice Photo)

Conor Phelan (Tom Prentice Photo)

Matthew Groff 150M from the finish. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Matthew Groff (Tom Prentice Photo)

Billy Fayette and Adam Owens 200M from the finish.  (Tom Prentice Photo)

Kyle Ragan finishing (Tom Prentice Photo)

Richmond's women's team warming up...(Tom Prentice Photo)

Sophomore, Jill Prentice focusing on the race.  Prentice qualified for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 5,000M with a season best 16:39.79 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Los Angeles.

Richmond women walk the line to the start line...(Tom Prentice Photo)

Team Huddle with Coach Lori Taylor two minutes before the start...(Tom Prentice Photo)

Richmmond women moments before the start. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Called to "set" by the starter...(Tom Prentice Photo)

...and they are off to the races. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Sophomore, Jill Prentice pushing up front.. (Tom Prentice photo)

Richmond junior, Stephanie Paradishas made excellent improvement this fall.  Today she would run 1:24 faster then she ran here last year. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Sophomore, Roxanne Henningson pushing at 2800M. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Sophomore, Amanda Lineberry (Tom Prentice Photo)

Freshman, Clare Moretz in her first race for Richmond and her first ever 6K. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Freshman, Allie Stapleton before twisting her ankle and retiring from the race. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Liz Schinski after 3K...(Tom Prentice Photo)

Jill Prentice (Tom Prentice Photo)

Prentice pushing to the finish with 400M to go. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Stephanie Paradis improved by 1:24 over last year..(Tom Prentice Photo)

Roxanne Henningson (Tom Prentice Photo)

Amanda Lineberry (Tom Prentice Photo)

Clare Moretz (Tom Prentice Photo)

Liz Schinski (Tom Prentice Photo)

Lydia Morton (Tom Prentice Photo)

Emma Berry (Tom Prentice Photo)

Taylor Clevinger finishes her first 6K. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Spider runners Lydia Morton, Stephanie Paradis, Amanda Lineberry and Jill Prentice talk about the race and the mud. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Clare Moretz following the race. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Clare Moretz and Jill Prentice followg the race. (Tom Prentice Photo)

Spider Freshmen AlliStapleton, Clare Moretz and Taylor Clevinger (Tom Prentice Photo)


Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Richmond cross country teams competed in their third meet of the season on Friday at the Paul Short Run on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. In a loaded field of 45 squads on both sides, the Spider men combined for a 35th-place finish and the women took 23rd in the race. Oklahoma and Providence topped the field in the men's and women's races, respectively.

"We had a rough day and did not get out as well as needed," said men's head coach Steve Taylor. "This was especially true in a race like this. There are several places we must improve to compete at the level we expect. In the coming weeks we'll address those areas and get back to competing like Richmond Spiders."

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