UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Following the Spider field corps record-setting performances during Friday's opening day of the seventh annual Fred Hardy Invitational, it was Richmond's distance runners who dominated day two action at Robins Stadium on Saturday.
The day was highlighted by the 4x800 Meter Relay squad of senior Nicol Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge) and sophomores Alli Mannon (Litiz, Pa./Warwick) and Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis). The quartet combined for a time of 9:07.00 to coast to victory by nearly 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Rutgers.
The Spider tandem of freshmen Clare Moretz (Madison, Va./Madison) and Alli Stapleton (Commack, N.Y./Commack) turned in top-10 finishes in the 3,000 Meters. Moretz clocked a 10:22.00 to finish eighth, while Stapleton crossed the tape in 10:25.48 to take 10th.
On the men's side, Richmond fielded a trio of top 10 finishers in the 3,000 Meters. Sophomore Ryan Lee (Wilmington, Del./Archmere Academy) claimed the runner-up spot in a time of 8:24.48, with freshman Billy Fayette (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) finishing just behind in third (8:28.71). Junior Jason Skipper (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) picked up an eighth-place finish in 8:42.31.
A pair of Spider women's sprinters also came onto the scene on Saturday. Freshman Deborah Fajuyigbe (Bowie, Md./Bowie) captured seventh in the 200 Meters with a time of 25.33, while classmate Taylor Parson (Severn, Md./Old Mill) finished in 58.94 to take 12th in the 400 Meters.
Both Spider squads return to the track next weekend when they make the quick trip to Williamsburg, Va., for William and Mary's Colonial Relays.
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