March 17, 2012

RUFFIN BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD AND RAMS GARNER A NUMBER OF FIRST PLACE FINISHES AT 2012 RAM INVITE

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Track & Field team hosted the 2012 Ram Invite on Saturday afternoon at Sports Backers Stadium.

Saturday's meet marked the first outdoor meet for the Black & Gold in 2012, after an impressive indoor season.

"This was an exciting start to the outdoor season for both our men's and women's teams," VCU assistant coach Ethan Tussing. "Any time you can compete on your track in front of your fans and win 11 events it is a great day. We established good momentum today in a number of areas and will look to continue to build on that and to improve in all facets of our team the rest of the season." 

The Rams took home a number of top honors at the Ram Invite, and saw a school record fall in the men's discus.

The previous school record in the discus was set by Tom Johnson in 1995 with a heave of 47.63 meters, but VCU saw two student-athletes' heave land past that mark. Junior Frank Afriyie's throw landed 47.83 meters, but freshman Brandon Ruffin bested Afriyie with a toss of 51.88 meters and first place honors.

Afriyie wouldn't be too disappointed, as he later won the men's hammer throw with a toss of 51.88 meters.

The Rams won both the men's and women's pole vault, as sophomore Matt Hatheway cleared 4.30 meters on the men's side and redshirt senior Stephanie Newing vaulted 3.40 meters.

The Rams kept garnering first place finishes in the field events, as senior Julie Anyaugo won the women's discus (42.77 meters) and Chaneka Perry grabbed a blue ribbon in the triple jump (11.82 meters).

In track events, the Rams continued their dominance in both individual and relay events. VCU won the 4x100 meter relay behind strong performances from freshman Alexis Stroman, freshman Kiara Porter, senior Jazlynn Finney and junior Dionna Hayes.

Hayes would later win the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.31 seconds and Porter would win the 200 with a time of 24.03 seconds.

VCU also picked up top place honors in the 4x400 meter relay, with Finney and Porter assisting in that race, with senior Rachel Montague and freshman Nicole Grasty.

The Rams will next be in action next Friday and Saturday at the Tribe Open hosted by William & Mary.

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