Friday, April 20, 2012

Richmond's 2012 Fred Hardy Invitational (March 29-30)

Both days of the 2012 Fred Hardy Invitational were streamed live on SpiderTV. Links to both day's video streams along with a complete timeline detailing each event's and interview's start time in relation to the video stream can be found below

Start TimeEvent
0:00:00Women's Pole Vault (including Grace Gibson tying school record)
0:48:30Women's Triple Jump
1:34:30Women's Triple Jump
1:49:30Women's 3,000m Steeplechase
2:05.00Women's 5,000 Meters
2:27:00Men's 5,000 Meters
2:48:00Women's 400 Hurdles
3:06:00Men's 400 Hurdles
3:29:58Women's 1,500 Meters
4:10:45Men's Pole Vault (including Devin Cassels' school record vault)
4:14:00Men's 1,500 Meters
4:43:45Men's 10,000 Meters
4:48:10Interview with Richmond's Devin Cassels
4:50:00Interview with Richmond's Grace Gibson
4:54:50Interview with Richmond's Meaghan McGovern (set meet and facility hammer records)
4:58:00Interview with Richmond's Nicol Traynor and BYU alum Rena Chesser (set 1,500 records)

Start TimeEvent
0:00:00Men's High Jump/Women's Long Jump
0:30:30Women's 100m Hurdles
0:45:45Men's 110m Hurdles
0:54:30Women's Invitational 800 Meters
1:05:30Women's 800 Meters
1:26:15Men's Invitational 800 Meters
1:33:40Men's 800 Meters
1:54:00Women's 100 Meters
2:07:30Men's 100 Meters
2:30:30Women's 400 Meters
2:50:00Men's 400 Meters
3:10:00Women's 4x100 Meters
3:16:00Men's 4x100 Meters
3:30:20Women's 4x800 Meter Relay
3:31:30Men's 4x800 Meter Relay
3:42.45Women's 200 Meters
3:59:30Interview with Richmond Women's 4x800 Meter Relay (technical difficulties)
4:04:15Men's 200 Meters
4:15:15Women's 3,000 Meters
4:43:15Men's 3,000 Meters
5:07:15Women's 4x400 Meter Relay
5:30:00Men's 4x400 Meter Relay


Spiders Open Fred Hardy in Record-Setting Fashion
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond Track & Field opened its seventh annual Fred Hardy Invitational in record-setting fashion on Friday behind several strong showings from its field and distance corps. The Spiders will look for more of the same during Saturday's second and final day of action at Robins Stadium.

Senior pole vaulter Devin Cassels (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) made the most of his final home appearance on Friday, jumping 4.45 meters to take third in the event and chase down a school record that had previously stood for nearly four decades (Jim Tucker, 1974).

Sophomore Grace Gibson (Virginia Beach, Va./Virginia Beach) also turned in an inspired performance on the women's side of the pole vault, equaling her program-record height of 3.40 meters that she reset just two weeks ago at the VCU Invitational to finish in a tie for sixth place.

Also in a record-setting state of mind was senior Meaghan McGovern (North Kingston, R.I./North Kingston), who smashed the six-year-old meet and facility hammer throw mark (52.71m) with her toss of 54.23 meters in the event.

Women's 4x800 Relay Highlights Final Day of Fred Hardy
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Following the Spider field corps record-setting performances during Friday's opening day of the seventh annual Fred Hardy Invitational, it was Richmond's distance runners who dominated day two action at Robins Stadium on Saturday.

The day was highlighted by the 4x800 Meter Relay squad of senior Nicol Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge) and sophomores Alli Mannon (Litiz, Pa./Warwick) and Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis). The quartet combined for a time of 9:07.00 to coast to victory by nearly 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Rutgers.

The Spider tandem of freshmen Clare Moretz (Madison, Va./Madison) and Alli Stapleton (Commack, N.Y./Commack) turned in top-10 finishes in the 3,000 Meters. Moretz clocked a 10:22.00 to finish eighth, while Stapleton crossed the tape in 10:25.48 to take 10th.

On the men's side, Richmond fielded a trio of top 10 finishers in the 3,000 Meters. Sophomore Ryan Lee(Wilmington, Del./Archmere Academy) claimed the runner-up spot in a time of 8:24.48, with freshman Billy Fayette(Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) finishing just behind in third (8:28.71). Junior Jason Skipper (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) picked up an eighth-place finish in 8:42.31.

About...Fred Hardy Sr.

Fred Hardy passed away Dec. 16, 2005. He coached track at the University of Richmond for 35 years, building a nationally prominent program that produced dozens of All-Americans. Hardy recruited top runners from Kenya, but he also insisted that any able-bodied student could make the track team if he trained hard enough.

Many alumni remember Hardy as the inventor of “Hardyball,” a variation of touch football that forbids blocking and allows players to pass the ball from anywhere on the field. The game became a big hit at Richmond, and alumni still teach Hardyball to high school students in Virginia and beyond.

Hardy was a track star at John Marshall High School in Richmond, where he ran the mile in 4:33, a state record that stood 13 years. At the University, he coached Josephine White Menk, W’86, who ran the indoor mile in 4:31 to set a women’s NCAA record in 1983. White also won an NCAA championship in the 1,000-yard run in 1981. The following year, Hardy coached a two-mile relay team that won an NCAA indoor track and field championship. One member of that relay team, Edwin Koech, R’85, won an NCAA title in the 1,000-yard run in 1983. He also placed sixth in the 800-meter run in the 1984 Olympics, where another of Hardy’s runners, Sosthenes Bitok, R’83, finished sixth in the 10,000 meters. Hardy was inducted into Richmond’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, and the University named its track in his honor the following year.

“Track is not just a profession, it’s an obsession with Fred Hardy,” wrote Joe Nettles, R’30 and H’77, who profiled the coach when Hardy arrived on campus in 1950.

“It’s a demanding sport,” Hardy said in that article. “It tests a boy’s moral fiber. … It’s significant that Saint Paul chose a track term to describe his own battle and victory: ‘I have run the good race.’”

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