FAIRFAX, Va. - The Richmond track & field squads turned in a number of strong showings, including a school-record performance by sophomore Grace Gibson, at Saturday's Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va.
(Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) completed the feat with a new school-record jump of 3.45 meters to tie for seventh in the event.
Senior Meaghan McGovern (North Kingston, R.I./North Kingston) had another fine finish in the hammer throw, turning in a season-best toss of 55.70 meters to conclude the event as the top collegian and in second overall.
Newcomer Alli Stapleton (Commack, N.Y./Commack) would also score a second-place finish on the afternoon, clocking a personal-best time of 11:23.95 to take runner-up honors in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase.
Senior Devin Cassels (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) came up just short of his school record pole vault mark set two weeks ago at the Fred Hardy Invite, leaping 4.42 meters to finish fifth in what was an especially windy afternoon for the pole vaulters in Fairfax.
In her first meet as a Spider, freshman Melanie Overall (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego) earned a spot in finals and would finish fourth overall with her throw of 37.16 meters in the javelin. On men's javelin action, sophomore Sean Livesey (Philadelphia, Pa./Devon Preparatory School) posted a personal-best toss of 46.74 meters to lock up the ninth spot.
Also scoring a top-10 finish in Fairfax was freshman Amber Young (Pepper Pike, Ohio/Orange), who clocked a 1:05.30 to take seventh in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Sophomore Kelsey McKenna (Warwick, R.I./Warwick) crossed the line in 15.14 to take 10th in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Running unattached for the Spiders on Saturday were sophomores Jill Prentice and Roxanne Henningson in the 5,000 Meters. Prentice prevailed in the race with a time of 17:24, while Henningson came in closely behind in 17:56 to finish fourth.
The Spiders will split up for the first time this spring next weekend when they travel to Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, Christopher Newport's Captain's Classic and the Mt. SAC Relays in the Los Angeles area.
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