AMHERST, Mass. – The VCU men's track & field squad got points from five different student-athletes on the first day of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships and sit in seventh place with plenty of plenty of scoring still left on the board.
VCU finished the first day with 18 points, just 15 points away from a spot in the top three.
As they have been all year long, junior throwers Ryan Coles and Brandon Ruffin were reliable once again, combining for nine points in the hammer throw. Coles finished third with a distance of 170' 4", while Ruffin finished sixth with a throw of 165' 1".
Sophomore Xavier Waller had a big first day with a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 6' 4 ¼". He also enters Sunday's final day tied with teammate Evan Morton for third in the decathlon. Chris Smith is seventh in the decathlon entering the final day.
Junior Mohamed Adam added three points to the Rams total with a sixth-place showing in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Senior Andrew Shipp earned points for the Black & Gold in the long jump with a distance of 20' 10 ½", good for eighth place in the event.
Junior George Moore had a big day, earning a spot in the finals in both the 200-meter and 400-meter for the Rams. Senior Chase Turner and sophomore Kyle Martin had top-four preliminary times in the 110-meter hurdles to earn a spot in Sunday's finals.
Events on Sunday's final day kick off at 9:30 a.m.