UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond Track & Field will split up for the first time this spring when the squads part ways for Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, Christopher Newport's Captain's Classic and the Mt. SAC Relays. A preview of the Spiders' weekend ahead along with recent program notes can be found below.
INSIDE THE MT.
The 54th Annual running of the renowned Mt. SAC Relays is set to begin on Thursday at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium Track in Walnut, Calif., outside of Los Angeles. Five Spiders will make the trip to the West Coast this weekend - seniors Beth Kelly (10,000 Meters/Thursday) and Nicol Traynor (5,000 Meters/Friday), junior Stephanie Paradis (1,500 Meters/Thursday) and sophomores Alli Mannon (1,500 Meters) and Ryan Lee (5,000 Meters/Friday).
LARRY ELLIS INVITE
The Larry Ellis Memorial Invitational is scheduled to commence on Friday at the Tigers' William Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J. An eight-athlete Spider squad will travel to compete in this year's meet - seniors Meaghan McGovern and Lydia Morton will join junior Jason Skipper, sophomore Amanda Lineberry and freshmen Taylor Clevinger, Billy Fayette, Matthew Groff and Connor Stauffer in Princeton.
The majority of the Spiders will travel to nearby Newport News for CNU's Captain's Classic on Saturday. The daylong meet will be held at the Captains' Belk Track at Pocomo Stadium.
The morning's events get underway with the women's high jump at 10 a.m., with running events set to start at 10:30 a.m. with the men's and women's 10,000 Meters. Click here to access a complete schedule of events.
A meet recap and results will be provided on RichmondSpiders.com following the conclusion of events Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More immediate results can be found via the live results links above and Coach Steve Taylor's Twitter page. Additional in-depth coverage will be made available on Coach Taylor's blog.
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.
After equaling her own program mark in the pole vault at the Fred Hardy Invitational two weeks ago, Gibson (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.
ADDS TO CONFERENCE HONORS COLLECTION
Following her record performance at Richmond'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 April 2.
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.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Stay updated on Richmond's outdoor season and all the latest Spider Track & Field news notes right here on RichmondSpiders.com. More in-depth coverage can be found on Coach Steve Taylor's blog and by following him on Twitter as well. The Spiders also have their own Facebook page and have recently launched their own YouTube Video Channel as well.