VCU Has Strong Showing at Virginia Cup
MEET: The Virginia Cup (Charlottesville, Va. – Lannigan Field)
THE BASICS: The VCU Women's Track and Field team competed against the other Division I track and field programs from the state in the Virginia Cup in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU placed four in the top seven in the 100-meter dash. Leading the way was senior Dionna Hayes, who finished second with a time of 12.05 seconds. Sophomore Nicole Grasty (12.26 seconds), freshman Verna Hilaire-Lee (12.44 seconds) and freshman Carina Peter (12.45 seconds) finished fourth through sixth, respectively.
- The Rams also had four top seven finishers in the 200-meter race. Sophomore Kiara Porter (23.83 seconds) and Grasty (25.05 seconds) finished in second and third place, respectively. While Hilaire-Lee (25.15 seconds, personal record) and Hayes (25.42 seconds) finished in fifth and sixth place.
- In the 400-meter race junior Niaimani Aduma placed third with a personal record time of 57.59 seconds. Sophomore Amethyst Polk finished just behind in fourth with a time of 57.92 seconds.
- Freshman Brianna Krumholz finished second in her outdoor debut in the 800-meter race. She finished with a time of 2:18.95.
- In the 100-meter hurdles sophomore Alexis Stroman finished second with a time of 14.60 seconds. Senior Chantal Luedeke placed seventh with a time of 15.05.
- The Rams' 4x100-meter relay team of Peter, Hilaire-Lee, Stroman and Hayes won the race for VCU. Their time was 47.62 seconds.
- VCU finished first and second in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Porter, Aduma, Grasty and Polk won the event with a time of 3:51.31. While the team of freshman Nneka Ogwu, sophomore Jazmine Wright, Hilaire-Lee and Krumholz finished second with a time of 3:58.67.
- In the women's long jump, Aduma placed third with a jump of 5.54-meters. Peter finished just behind in fourth with a score of 5.43-meters. The final Ram in the top seven was sophomore Sarah Fulgham, who had a jump of 5.33-meters.
- Senior Jennifer McAvoy placed fifth in the women's triple jump with a score of 11.15-meters.
- In the shot put, freshman Precious Nwala finished seventh with a throw of 11.32-meter.
- Nwala also finished sixth in the hammer throw with a toss of 38.73-meters.
- Freshman Briana Ratchford finished fourth in the women's javelin with a throw of 36.17-meters.
VCU DUAL MEET RESULTS
VCU 74.00, James Madison 74.00
Liberty 109.00, VCU 64.00
VCU 77.00, Radford 63.00
Virginia 71.00, VCU 64.00
"We had a solid weekend across the board from both men's and women's team. Times and distance were not great but I was pleased with the effort we put forward this week in practice and this weekend on the track."
- VCU Head Coach Jon Riley
The Track and Field team will divide next weekend and head to the Raleigh Relays (Raleigh, N.C.) and Fred Hardy Invitational (Richmond, Va.) on March 29-30.