MEET: Navy Quad – Annapolis, Md.
THE BASICS: The VCU Men's Track and Field team finished second in the Navy Quad with 145 team points. Host Navy won the event, but the Rams placed better than Maryland-Eastern Shore, Mount St. Mary's and American.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Freshman Desmond Smallwood opened the day by winning the 60m dash. The Williamsburg, Va. native ran a 7.05 to win the event.
- The duo of sophomore Tehquin Warrick and Smallwood also earned points for VCU in the 200m dash by finishing second and third, respectively. Warrick ran a 21.96 (sixth-best in school history and a personal-best) and Smallwood finished right behind with a 22.24 (personal record).
- VCU had the second and fourth finishers in the 400m dash. Warrick placed second with 49.39 (sixth in school history) run, while sophomore George Moore finished fourth, running a 49.82 (ninth-best in school history)
- Senior Alex Hinton placed second in the 800m dash with 1:55.59, which was just tenths of a second of the first place time. While sophomore Anthony Green finished fourth with a time of 1:57.15.
- In the 5000m, senior Brenden Leavitt placed second. The Chesapeake, Va. native ran a 15:08.4 which is good for the eighth best run in school history.
- Three VCU athletes placed second through fourth in the 60m hurdles. Leading the way was freshman Kyle Martin (8.34) in second, junior Chase Turner (8.36) in third and sophomore Christopher Smith (8.65) in fourth.
- The Rams won the 4x400 relay with a time 3:20.19. The team of senior Dominic Costanzo, Warrick, freshman Derrian Flemings and Moore scored 10 points for VCU.
- Freshman Xavier Waller was victorious in the high jump. Waller's best jump of the day was 1.99m.
- In the long jump, junior Andrew Shipp placed third. Shipp had a jump of 6.50m to earn the third place finish.
- VCU freshman Delvin Woodruff won the men's triple jump with a jump 13.23. The Rams had two others in the top five, with Smith (13.15m) in third and Shipp (12.88m) in fifth.
- In the shot put sophomores Brandon Ruffin and Ryan Coles placed second and fourth respectively. Ruffin's best throw was 16.22m (IC4A qualifying) and Coles' best toss was 15.00m
- Senior Frank Afriyie placed third in the weight throw with a 17.11m (IC4A qualifying) throw.
"Overall, I was pleased with the effort. We competed well this weekend, but we still have to continue to work hard and we will do great things."
- VCU Track and Field Coach Jon Riley
1. Navy – 279
2. VCU – 145
3. Maryland-Eastern Shore – 36
4. Mount St. Mary's - 34
5. American – 12
WHAT'S AHEAD: The Rams will head back to Newport News, Va. for the Captain's Multi-Events at CNU next weekend. The meet takes place from Jan. 19-20.