COLES, RAMS SHINE BRIGHT AT VCU INVITE
Meet: VCU Invite
Results: Full Results - Click Here
The Short Story:
The VCU throws squad highlighted the opening outdoor meet, the 2014 VCU Invite, with four PRs and a gold medal in the discus. Junior Ryan Coles led the way with two PRs and the victory in the discus. Overall, the Rams finished sixth at the meet.
- Coles carried over his PRs setting indoor season to the beginning of his outdoor season by winning the discus with a new lifetime best of 161' and taking second in the hammer with an additional lifetime best of 164'. The discus mark further solidified Coles as the 3rd best thrower in school history while the hammer mark moved him into that position.
- Brandon Ruffin also PRed in the hammer to 158'5 to take home 3rd place while freshman Tristan Ledbetter finished in 7th in his first ever hammer competition.
- Freshman Ben Melton got his career in the discus started off strong with a 4th place showing. His throw of 138'8 was equal to the best throw of the 5th place competitor but Melton ended up ahead with a better second best throw. His first performance in the discus was good enough to rank him 8th all time at VCU.
- Classmate Racheed Davis also had to go to a tie-breaker in the triple jump where his jump of 45'7 was equaled by two other competitors. Davis had the third best second effort on the day though and ended in 5th place. Senior Andrew Shipp was close behind with his 8th place jump of 44'5.5.
- In a very close finish junior Mohamed Adam just missed the bronze medal in the 1500 with his time of 4:02.19. He was out leaned at the by under a tenth of a second in his battle for 3rd.
- George Moore sprinted to 4th place in the 200 with a time of 22.31.
- Matthew Earman was just of his personal best pace in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 10:06.37, good for 5th place. Freshman Austin Lushinski took home 7th in his first ever traversing of the barrier laden distance race.
- Sam Hush won a fierce battle down the home stretch for 6th place in the 5000 meter race edging out his nearest competitor by under a second in the last few strides.
- Tehquin Warrick, Jacob Garcia, Khalid Khamis, and Moore teamed up in the 4x4 to grab a bronze medal in a time of 3:16.69, just missing a spot in the school's top ten all time list.
- The 4x1 team of Darius Green, Warrick, Moore, and Desmond Smallwood moved the stick around the track in 41.99 second to finish in 5th place.
- VCU stays in town to compete at Richmond's Fred Hardy Invitational on Saturday, March 29th.