AMHERST, Mass. – The VCU women'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 19 points, just 39 points away from first-place Dayton. The Rams had qualifiers in the finals in every event that had preliminaries on Saturday, including several events with multiple finalists.
Senior Jaleesa Williams had the Rams' top performance on Friday with a school-record breaking performance in the hammer throw. Her throw of 173' 8" broke Ruth Conlon's 18 year old school record and earned her a second place finish in the event. Williams now owns every women's throwing record at VCU.
Sophomore Briana Ratchford and freshman De'Nisha Smith both posted fifth place finishes on Friday for the Black & Gold. Ratchford unleashed a throw of 137' 4" in the javelin to score four points, while Smith cleared 18' 3 ¼" in the long jump to tally points for the Rams.
Entering Sunday's final day, the Rams have multiple finalists in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.
Events get underway at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.