Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Championship
Location: Amherst, Mass. (UMass Track & Field Complex)
Team Scores: George Mason 174.5, VCU 141, Rhode Island 128, UMass 96, Fordham 81.5, Saint Joseph's 61, Saint Louis 57, La Salle 48, Duquesne 42, Davidson 24, George Washington 4, St. Bonaventure 0
The short story: Four Rams claimed gold Sunday, and junior Ian Davis turned in a record-setting performance that led to 39 points as VCU placed second at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Championships Sunday. It's VCU's highest finish at the A-10 Championships and the program's best in a conference meet since 2006.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU racked up 141 total points over two days. Champion George Mason totaled 174.5. Rhode Island placed third with 128 points, while UMass (96) and Fordham (81.5) rounded out the top five
- Davis, who scored in five events over the weekend, led a 1-2 finish in the 110-meter hurdles for the Rams. The junior from Montgomery Village, Md. ran a blistering mark of 14.28 to establish a new school record in the event. Freshman Daiqwaun Faircloth was just .27 seconds behind in second place for the Black and Gold
- VCU swept the top three spots in the 400 hurdles. Freshman Emmanuel Waller capped an outstanding rookie season by running a personal-best 51.63 for a conference title. Davis placed second in 52.67, while Faircloth was third in 52.74
- Davis and Faircloth also led the Rams to a second-place finish, along with senior Jamik Alexander and freshman JeVon Waller in the 4x100 relay in 41.03. The Rams finished .06 seconds off the pace of champion George Mason
- Freshman sensation Jaekob Vollbrecht claimed gold in the discus and silver in the shot put for VCU. The Spotsylvania, Va. native uncorked a toss of 49.89 meters on his fifth attempt Sunday to hold off George Mason's Jaylen Simmons (49.86) and capture the discus crown. In the shot put, his heave of 16.87 meters on his second try was good enough to hold up for runner-up honors
- Redshirt junior Bashir Idris captured VCU's fourth gold of the day when he leaped 14.89 meters in the triple jump. Idris recorded three jumps better than the best mark of second-place finisher Nathan Adeyemi of UMass
- Davis also ran alongside Waller, Nick Buckingham and Chukwuezugo Aguolo on VCU's runner-up 4x400 relay that ran 3:14.16. The junior also placed fourth in the long jump for the Black and Gold (7.00 meters)
- VCU's second place finish is its highest in a conference meet since the Rams captured the CAA title in 2006
- For his efforts, Vollbrecht was named A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer
The Rams will host the VCU Final Qualifier May 12 at Sports Backers Stadium.