HAYES’ SECOND PLACE FINISH LEADS RAMS AT ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

PRINCETON, N.J. – A season that showed so much promise for the future of Virginia Commonwealth University women's track & field came to an end this weekend at ECAC Championships, but it didn't go quietly.

Freshman Dionna Hayes (Bowie, Md.) made big noise in the 100-meter dash and was highlight of the weekend for the Rams. Amongst the best athletes on the East Coast, Hayes blistered the track for a time of 11.86, good for second-place, next to three-time ECAC Champion Trisha-Ann Hawthone of UCONN.

"Dionna capped off a really good freshman year with a great showing at ECAC's," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "She has learned so much about the springs this year, but has so much more to learn. In saying that, I think she has room to grow and will continue to get better and better each year."

Sophomore Julia Anyaugo (Washington, D.C.) also had a strong weekend with a toss of 139' 1" in the discus to place in the top-10, while freshman Chaneka Perry (Newport News, Va.) barely missed out on the top-10 in the triple jump with an 11th-place leap of 39' ½".

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