NEW YORK, N.Y. – It wasn't just a big weekend for football fans, it was a big weekend for fans of college track & field as the prestigious New Balance Invitational took place at the legendary Armory Track & Field Center.
Amongst that group was the Virginia Commonwealth University track & field squads, who continued to make strides and with another strong showing.
"I'm really pleased with where were in our training on both the men's and women's side," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "Both squads are coming along at a constant and consistent pace. This week was another solid performance against some of the country's best athletes."
On the women's side, sophomore Dionna Hayes showed yet again why she could become one of the best to ever lace up the spikes at VCU with another personal best. This time it came in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.62, good for second-place in the college section. The mark was less than a tenth of a second off the school record of 7.53, held by Shaunette Davey.
Senior Quina Fortune qualified for the ECAC Championships when she clocked in at 24.48 in the 200-meter dash, while junior Jazlynn Finney posted a personal best in the same event with a time of 25.58.
For the men, senior Axel Mostrag was the top individual performer as he earned a spot in the IC4A Chamiponships in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.49, good for sixth-place in the event.
Seniors Donnie Seward, Jeff Hernandez and Antonio Norvell teamed up with sophomore Dominic Costanzo to grab third-place in the college section of the 4x400 meter relay, crossing the line in 3:18.23. Their time earned a spot in the IC4A Championships.
Costanzo wasn't done, posting a personal best in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.24.
"My coaching staff and I are really excited about the way every athlete continues to improve week by week. That's what it takes to win championships," Riley said.
The Rams are back in action next weekend when they send split squads to the Cyclone Invitational at Iowa State and the Vince Brown invitational at Christopher Newport University.