MEET: Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championship (Charlotte, N.C. – Irwin Belk Track and Field Center)
THE BASICS: Led by a strong effort from their throwers, the VCU Men's Track & Field squad placed fifth at its first-ever appearance at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships. Sophomore Brandon Ruffin earned the men's highest finish at the meet with a toss of 54' 6.25" in the shot put, good for second place in the event. The throws squad had eight scorers on the weekend to lead the Black & Gold. Of the 16 athletes that helped earn VCU points, 12 of those are freshmen or sophomores. The Rams finished 63 points on the day, while Rhode Island took home the overall championship with 198.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ruffin's toss of 54' 6.25" was one of two top-five finishes in the shot put for the Rams. Classmate Ryan Coles finished fifth with a toss of 48' 7.5". Senior Luke Thomason scored for the first time in his four-year career with a seventh-place finish and mark of 47' 8.5".
- Sophomore Evan Morton finished fourth in the decathalon with 5751 points, while freshman Xavier Waller placed seventh with 3790. It's the first points scored in the decathalon at a championship meet in five years for the Rams.
- Sophomore Tehquin Warrick earned a top-four finish in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 47.55 for fourth place.
- Warrick then teamed with Anthony Green, Kyle Sipple and George Moore for a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay, stopping the clock in 3:15.15.
- The Rams had two scorers in the 110-meter hurdles, led by freshman Kyle Martin's top-five finish with a time of 14.72. Sophomore Christopher Smith clocked in at 15.72, good for seventh in the event.
- Senior Tyler Jackson wrapped up his career with a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (11.00).
- "The men had some good performances this weekend. I'm really proud of the effort I saw from each and every individual on the track and on the field. We had a few mishaps, but we overcame adversity when it counted the most. I'd like to see our medal count go up and I believe this group is motivated to take advantage of a long summer and come back faster and stronger." - Head Coach Jon Riley
The VCU Track and Field team will compete ECAC/IC4A event will be held May 11-12 in Princeton, N.J.