Meet: VCU Ram Invitational
Location: Richmond, Va.
Results: Ram Invitational Results
The Short Story: Nichelle Scott continued her distance success with as she won the 1,500-meter run in the Rams' first outdoor event of the season. Seven Rams placed in their events on the first day of the VCU Ram Invitational. The second day was highlighted by relay and field success, as Rams came away with wins in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter runs while also securing a victory in the 3,000-meter run.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Scott placed first in the 1,500-meter run with a dominate performance, never relinquishing her lead. She posted a time of 4:48.17. Ashley Brown finished second in the event with a time of 4:51.94.
- Four Rams finished in a row to round out the top five in the 200-meter dash. Dajae Goulet finished second with a time of 25.64 with Latrice Morris posting a time of 25.94 to place third. Candice James and Alexis Willis finished with times of 25.99 and 26.00 to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
- Emily Dyke won the 3,000-meter run by over a 15 second margin, coming across the line in 10:23.42.
- VCU won the 4x100-meter relay on the backs of Khoi Banks, Willis, De'Nisha Smith, and Morris. The team ran a combined 47.04 in the event.
- VCU's 4x400-meter relay team ended the meet on a high note, cruising to victory with a total time of 3:56.52. James, Taylor Watkins, Erika Coleman, and Ann Sheehy made up the team.
- Khoi Banks finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.13 seconds.
- A trio of Rams achieved a one, two, three finish in the 400-meter run. James, Taylor Watkins, and Morris finished with times of 57.22, 57.56, and 57.95 seconds, respectively.
- Christina Solomon and Amiaya Carey were the top two competitors in the high jump, with both athletes leaping to a mark of 1.63 meters. It was the first time Carey has jumped to such a height since her freshman year.
- Taylor McCormick continued performing well in the triple jump, finishing first in the event with a leap of 11.78 meters. McCormick won the A-10 Indoor Championship in the triple jump.
- Marian Osafo achieved a personal record of 11.11 meters in the triple jump.
- Camora Sanders won with a mark of 42.07 meters in the discus. Makayla McGowan earned third in the event with a throw of 39.46 meters.
- Latasha Williams and Sanders placed second and third, respectively, in the hammer throw. Williams threw to a mark of 43.86 meters while Sanders threw to a mark of 41.39 meters. It was each woman's first time competing in the hammer throw for VCU.
- A handful of VCU Track & Field alumni returned to the track to partake in a friendly 4x100-meter relay. The 'A' team consisted of Ryan Coles '15, Anthony Green '15, Laura Siewert '01, and Rhyann Johnson '08. The 'B' team was made up of Joseph Edwards '11, Courtney Jackson '06, Allan Moody '11, and Kiara Porter '15. Lastly, the 'C' team included Niema Eaves '15, Juan Little '15, Justin Snyder '11 and Jeff Hernandez '10. Team C had an early lead but a late surge by Kiara Porter of Team B gave her team the victory. Team B had a combined time of 48.79 seconds.
VCU will split the squad next weekend and send half the athletes to the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Virginia and the other half to the Roadrunners Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. Both meets will be held on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25.
COACH RILEY ON THE MEET
"The coaches were happy with how everything went. We were able to see what we need to work on for the next couple of weeks. We have a good group and we need to continue to grind."