JACKSONVILLE, Va. – There was over 150 track & field programs eligible to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary Round. Only 13 of them had two or more shot putters in Thursday's first round, VCU was one of them.
Ruffin placed 30th with a throw of 17.39m (57' ¾"), while Coles finished 38th at 17.08m (56' ½"). The duo entered the meet ranked 44th and 40th in the East Region, respectively.
Prior to this year, VCU had never had a male thrower reach the NCAA postseason.