Meet: Father Diamond Invitational – Fairfax, Va. (George Mason University)

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The Short Story:
Sophomore Xavier Waller started his year with a career day to highlight VCU men's track & field's season opener at the Father Diamond Invitational. Waller set new personal records in the high jump, 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter. Junior throwers Brandon Ruffin and Ryan Coles started the year by claiming two of the top three spots in the weight throw with Coles launching a PR in the event. Combined with the women's squad, VCU had 10 medal performances, an additional 14 performances among the top 8 scoring positions, and 10 new school all time 10 top performances on the day.

How It Happened:
  • Waller's big day saw him finish in the top-seven in all three of his events. He took second place in the high jump by clearing 6' 8 ¼", fifth in the 400 with a time of 51.14 and seventh in the 60m hurdles at 8.48.
  • Ruffin had his best season opening performance of his career with a throw fo 55' 3 ½" in the weight throw to finish second in the event.
  • Coles finished right behind his teammate with a PR of 51' 6 ½". The throw was nearly three feet better than his previous career best.
  • The 4x800 meter relay team of Berham McDowell, Zachary Morrow, Kyle Sipple and Corey Scott clocked in at 8:11.31, good for third place in the event.
  • Freshman Racheed Davis started off his career with a top-10 performance in school history. His jump of 44' 11 ½" in the triple jump is good for ninth all-time.
  • Classmate Kwaume Chatman's throw of 41' ½" is the 10th-best performance in school history in the weight throw.

What They're Saying

  • "I was pleased with our effort this weekend. After a tough week of training following the long holiday break, everyone gave it their absolute best. We still have lots of work to do but I like where we are." – Head Coach Jon Riley
  • "I wasn't expecting any PR's based on what we put them through in the weight room and on the track but some of them dug down deep and pulled out some extraordinary performance." – Head Coach Jon Riley
  • "Our throwers are working on adding to their technique in order to progress further into the season so to have them come out and show a continued ability to compete at a high level, as they learn new skills, is a great sign. Xavier had a very impressive set of performances today and we will look to lean on him in a number of different ways this season as Coach Bristow continues to develop him into one of the elite multi-eventers in our conference." – Head Coach Jon Riley

What's Ahead

  • The Rams are right back at it next weekend when they travel to the Hampton Invitational on Saturday, January 18.