BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Kevin Brinkley (Richmond, Va.) looks to be pretty comfortable now that he's back in his hometown.

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 19th-20th.