FIVE WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS EN ROUTE TO SECOND VCU INDOOR TITLE

Meet: Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships
Location: Fairfax, Va.
Results: A-10 Championships Final Results

The Short Story: Taylor McCormick got the party started for the Rams on Sunday, as she was one of five individual champions for the Rams and among the seven total who placed at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships. McCormick broke the school record in the triple jump en route to winning the event.  Freshman Kayla Smith won Rookie of the Meet, as she won one event and placed in two others. It is the second time in three years the Rams have won the indoor title, with the last coming in 2015. The women also won an outdoor title last year.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • McCormick broke the school record in the triple jump on her last jump, hitting a mark of 12.31 meters to best her competition.

  • The 4x800-meter relay team, in its first showing all season, came out and edged a fast George Mason squad for the championship, finishing just 0.16 seconds ahead of the Patriots. The squad, consisting of Ashley Greenlee, Emily Dyke, Ashley Brown, and Nichelle Scott, won out after a huge surge by the anchor, Scott, put the Rams ahead.

  • Scott won the 800-meter run individually as well, coming across the line in 2:10.56.

  • Alexis Willis and Latrice Morris crossed the line in solidarity to finish first and second in the 60-meter run finals. Their times were separated by a mere 0.002 seconds with Willis finishing in 7.645 seconds and Morris in 7.647. Dajae Goulet also earned points in the event for the Rams, crossing the line in seventh.

  • De'Nisha Smith placed first in the 60-meter hurdles, setting a new personal record with a time of 8.64 seconds.

  • Kayla Smith had perhaps the best day of her young career as a Ram. The freshman won Rookie of the Meet and won the final of the 400-meter run with a personal record-setting time of 54.55. She also placed third in the 200-meter dash and third as part of the 4x400-meter relay team.

  • Camora Sanders placed fourth in the shot put, hitting a personal record-setting mark of 14.31 meters. The mark is 0.9 meters greater than her previous personal best.

  • Ann Sheehy and Taylor Watkins each placed in the final of the 400-meter run.  Sheehy placed sixth and Watkins placed seventh. Each girl also set a personal record, Sheehy with a time of 57.18 seconds and Watkins with a time of 57.43 seconds.

  • Ashley Greenlee finished fifth in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:15.38.

  • Ashley Brown had a fourth-place finish in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:56.83.

  • Latrice Morris placed seventh in the 200-meter run with a time of 25.26.

  • Makayla McGowan hit a mark of 12.95 meters in the shot put to earn eighth in the event.

  • The 4x400-meter relay team placed third with a total time of 3:48.71. The team was made up of Ann Sheehy, Taylor Watkins, Alexis Willis, and Kayla Smith.

UP NEXT
VCU heads to Boston to compete in the ECAC-IC4A Championships on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5.

COACH RILEY ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP
"These girls came out and competed like they wanted it more. They came out with an attitude that they weren't going to lose."