BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Kevin Brinkley (Richmond,
Va.) looks to be pretty comfortable now that he's back in
Brinkley, once again, was the star for the Virginia Commonwealth
University men's track & field team as the Rams competed in the
IC4A Championships this past weekend.
The Douglas Freeman graduate nearly cleared 17' (16' 10 3/4") in
the pole vault on his way to capturing the individual title,
topping the nearest competitor by 10 inches. He even gave the crowd
a show by trying to clear 17' ¾" to earn a spot in the NCAA
Championships, but just touched the bar on his way down.
"It was tremendous," Head Coach Julian Spooner
said. "He's a hard-working kid and as a coach you always want to
see those types of kids get rewarded and that's what happened. When
he tried to clear the NCAA mark, the crowd was clapping and
everybody was into it. It was really a cool thing to see."
Brinkley wasn't the only newcomer to shine as junior Axel
Mostrag (Krasnik, Poland) earned a fourth-place finish in
the 800-meter run, clocking in at 1:51.40, only a second off the
pace of the winner.
Junior Brian Wallace (Portsmouth, Va.) rounded
out VCU's scoring as his leap of 47' 5 ¼" placed him eighth
in the event.
"That facility is a really tough place to jump and it was good to
see Brian battle through the elements and get some points on the
board for us," Spooner said.
Spooner will now look to lead the Rams in the outdoor season and a
quest for a CAA Championship. The season begins in two weeks when
VCU travels to the Wake Forest Invitational on March