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Sophomore Alli Mannon took the title in the 3,000 Meters at this weekend's Colonial Relays.
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Sophomore Alli Mannon took the title in the 3,000 Meters at this weekend's Colonial Relays.
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McGovern, Mannon Make Away with Wins at W&M
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 04/07/2012
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Senior Meaghan McGovern and sophomore Alli Mannon each came away with wins to highlight action for the Spiders at William and Mary's Colonial Relays this weekend.

McGovern (North Kingston, R.I./North Kingston) opened the meet with a top finish in the women's hammer throw on Thursday. The senior, who is just one week removed from setting a new meet and facility record at the Fred Hardy Invitational, turned in a toss of 51.82 meters (170') to win the event by more than two meters over Delaware's second-place finisher.

Mannon (Litiz, Pa./Warwick) followed McGovern's lead in the 3,000 meters, which she won with a time of 9:57.84 as one of two runners to record sub-10 minute times. Classmate Elizabeth Schinski (Geneseo, N.Y./Geneseo) crossed the line in 10:14.80 to secure a seventh-place finish.

Also earning a top-three finish this weekend was senior Nicol Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Basking Ridge), who captured third in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 10:17.88. Newcomer Alli Stapleton (Commack, N.Y./Commack) finished 17th in 11:25.00.

Sophomore Grace Gibson (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) jumped her way to a sixth-place showing in the pole vault with a leap of 3.20 meters (10'6"). In other field action, senior Amanda Caporelli (Churchville, Va./Buffalo Gap) finished just outside the top ten in 12th in the long jump with a distance of 4.95 meters (16'3").

The Spider women rounded out the weekend with a fourth-place finish in the 4x1,500 Meter Relay. Senior Lydia Morton, junior Stephanie Paradis, sophomore Amanda Lineberry and freshman Clare Moretz combined for a time of 18:53.43 in the event.

On the men's side, newcomer Matthew Groff (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) won his heat with a top-25 overall time of 3:56.84 among 81 runners in the 1,500 Meters. Sophomore Ryan Lee (Wilmington, Del./Archmere Academy) crossed the line just behind in 27th in 3:57.14, with freshman Billy Fayette (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) taking 29th in 3:57.66.

Spider '11 alum and current assistant Andrew Benford was also in action this weekend, clocking a 8:21.30 to take the title in the 3,000 Meters. Redshirt freshman Connor Stauffer finished fourth in 8:28.31 in what his first career outing as a Spider.

The Richmond women finished 13th in Saturday's final team standings, while the men's squad took 21st overall.

The Spiders returns to action next Saturday when they head up I-95 for the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va.

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