UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Coming off its seventh annual Fred Hardy Invitational this past weekend, Richmond Track & Field is now set to make the quick trip down I-64 to Williamsburg for the 47th running of William and Mary's Colonial Relays. The Tribe's two-day meet is scheduled to get underway Friday morning.
INSIDE THE COLONIAL
Friday's opening day of action at this weekend's Colonial Relays will begin with the men's hammer throw at 9 a.m., with running events slated to start at 9:15 a.m. with the women's 5,000 Meters. The meet's running events and jumps will take place at Zable Stadium, while all throwing events will be held at the Stimson Throwing Area located behind Kaplan Arena. A complete schedule of events can be found here.
W&M will welcome 31 teams on both the men's and women's sides to this year's meet, including fellow Atlantic 10 Conference members Duquesne, Fordham and Saint Joseph's. The field will also feature more than 40 current and former All-Americans in addition to a number of professional athletes looking to lock up Olympic Trials qualifying marks.
Admission is free to the general public with parking being made available in the W&M Hall Lot that is approximately a quarter-mile northwest of Zable Stadium. Those attending this year's meet can refer to this campus map for the location of the meet venues and parking lot.
A live video stream will be provided featuring coverage of selected events on both Friday and Saturday. The cost for a single-day subscription is $5.95, with the weekend rate set at $9.95. Viewers can subscribe to the stream here.
On Friday, the broadcast will commence at roughly 10:40 a.m. and continue through 2:30 p.m. The events covered will include the 400 Meters, preliminaries of the 100 Meters and 110 Meter Hurdles, 800 Meters and the semifinals of the 100 Meters. Depending on time and technical constraints, there may also be limited coverage of the women's pole vault championship, men's long jump championship, women's high jump championship and the unseeded long jumps for both men and women.
Saturday's broadcast will begin at roughly 2 p.m. and continue through the end of the meet at 5 p.m. The afternoon's coverage will include the Sprint Medley Relay, finals of the 100 Meters dash, 4x200 Meter Relay, 4x1500 Meter Relay and the 4x400 Meter Relay. Depending on time and technical constraints, there may also be limited coverage of the unseeded triple jump for both men and women, men's unseeded pole vault and the men's unseeded high jump.
Live results are also being provided throughout the meet. A full recap together with complete results can be found on RichmondSpiders.com following Saturday's second and final day of action.
Richmond Track & Field completed its seventh annual Fred Hardy Invitational in record-setting fashion behind strong showings from both its field and distance corps.
Senior pole vaulter Devin Cassels (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) made the most of his final home appearance on Friday, jumping 4.45 meters to take third in the event and chase down a school record that had previously stood for nearly four decades (Jim Tucker, 1974).
Sophomore Grace Gibson (Virginia Beach, Va./Virginia Beach) also turned in an inspired performance on the women's side of the pole vault, equaling her program-record height of 3.40 meters that she reset just two weeks ago at the VCU Invitational to finish in a tie for sixth place.
Also in a record-setting state of mind was senior Meaghan McGovern (North Kingston, R.I./North Kingston), who smashed the six-year-old meet and facility hammer throw mark (52.71m) with her toss of 54.23 meters in the event.
Senior Nicol Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) continued what has been a strong final semester on the track, resetting her own meet and facility mark by better than four seconds with a 4:24.61 to finish as the top collegian and in second overall in the 1,500 Meters. Sophomore Alli Mannon (Litiz, Pa./Warwick) finished fourth in 4:34.87, while classmate Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis) took tenth in 4:46.23.
A pair of newcomers led the way for the Spiders in the men's 1,500 Meters. Matthew Groff (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) crossed the line in sixth in a time of 3:56.52, with Billy Fayette (Clarendon Hills, Va./Hinsdale) just behind in seventh (3:56.65).
Sophomore Elizabeth Schinski (Geneseo, N.Y./Geneseo) went the distance on Friday as well, turning in a strong finish down the stretch to take second in the 5,000 Meters with a time of 17:57.59.
Saturday brought dominant performances by the Spider distance runners. The day was highlighted by the 4x800 Meter Relay squad of Traynor, Lineberry, Mannon and junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge). 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 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.
ADDS TO CONFERENCE HONORS COLLECTION
Following her record performance at this past weekend's Fred Hardy Invitational, senior Nicol Traynor was named Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week for the third time of her illustrious Spider career on Monday.
Traynor continued what has been a strong final semester on the track on Friday's opening day of the Spiders' seventh annual Fred Hardy Invite. The Basking Ridge, N.J., native turned in a time of 4:24.61 in the 1,500 Meters to reset her own meet and facility mark by more than four seconds and finish second overall as the top collegian among a 63-runner field in the event.
The 2011 All-American returned to the track the following afternoon alongside junior Stephanie Paradis and sophomores Amanda Lineberry and Alli Mannon to anchor the Spiders' 4x800 Medley Relay (9:07.00), which clocked an easy victory by nearly 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Rutgers.
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