February 10, 2014

RAMS WRAP UP INDOOR REGULAR SEASON WITH IMPRESSIVE SHOWING AT THE ARMORY

Meet: Armory Collegiate Invitational
Location: The Armory – New York, N.Y.

Results: Click Here

The Short Story:
Junior George Moore led three Rams with PRs as the VCU men's track & field squad posted a strong showing at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational. Moore and the Rams faced off against over 100 universities, including teams from every major conference, France and Canada. It was the strongest field that the Black & Gold have faced this year. Joining Moore with PRs this weekend were classmates Brandon Ruffin and Khalid Khamis.

How It Happened
  • Moore had the highest finish for the weekend, taking fourth in the non-championship section of the 400. He notched a PR time of 48.46 in the prelims to qualify for the finals. The time moved Moore from seventh best in school history to fourth all time. In the finals, merely an hour later, he finished with a time of 49.52.
  • Ruffin, while competing alongside six of the top 25 ranked shot putters in all divisions of college track and field, recorded his second PR of the season with a nearly two-foot improvement to 57' 10 ½". The mark was strong enough to place him sixth in the finals, beating all the athletes in the competition from the SEC, ACC, and Pac-12. He improved upon his eighth place finish in this meet from the previous year, when he became the first thrower in school history to make a final at the Armory. Ruffin's throw currently ranks as the 64th best throw in Division I.
  • Khamis continued to run into new territory with another PR in the 800 to secure a 13th place finish in the non-championship section of the event. His time of 1:53.82 was his first under 1:54 indoors in the event and moved him into 10th in school history.
  • Ryan Coles and Desmond Smallwood each notched top 20 finishes. Coles his 17th place finish in the shot put with a mark of 53'8.5" and Smallwood 20th in the 60 meter dash.

Quotable

  • "The guys that have done well for us every week this season continued to shine in New York this weekend. It was great to see George, Brandon, and Khalid get new PRs heading into our championship meet and hopefully the confidence they get from those performances will help drive them to even bigger heights when they battle against their A10 rivals. We will be looking towards a number of their teammates to do all the right things the next two weeks in preparation to battle with these guys to get in finals and push our team to its strongest team finish to date in the A10." – Head Coach Jon Riley

Up Next

  • VCU has two weeks off before returning to the track for the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships on February 22-23. The championships are hosted by the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.
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