|The Spider's men's and women's teams |
following the 55th annual William & Mary Invitational
We traveled East this past weekend (9/21/2013) for the 55th annual William & Mary Invitational. This year both the men & women ran 5K as part of a combined race with lots of high school teams watching as part of the high school division. As our 2nd meet of the season we continue to work on specific aspects of the races. Both teams are in a good place, although we recognize we have areas we need to improve.
Our women's team won the meet with 21 points over William & Mary, Hampton and VCU sweeping the top 4 spots in the race. Tara Hanley, Jill Prentice and Marisa Ruskan ran well, taking the lead of the women's race from the start (Prentice, who finished 2nd, ran as an unattached athlete.). Completing the top four overall for the team was Clare Moretz. The former U.S. Mountain Running Team (@USMRT) member was conservative early, before getting aggressive the last mile of the race.
For the men; Jason Skipper, Matt McKenna and Adam Owens all pushed to the front of the pack finishing 1st, 4th and 5th overall leading us to 2nd place behind William & Mary. Good racing by these three and excellent running by Skipper to take the title. He was determined and did a great job striking late in the race.
Here are several links to articles on the races and a video recap which was featured on the scoreboard before the UR vs Liberty home football game:
Richmond Women's Team, Hanley and Skipper Win William & Mary Invitational
Photo Gallery from the William & Mary Invitational
Hanley, Skipper and Ruskan Receive A10 Honors