ANNAPOLIS, Md./FAIRFAX, Va. - A record-breaking performance by the Spider women's DMR squad was one of a number of strong showings as Richmond Track & Field split up for the first time of the indoor season at the Navy Classic and George Mason's Patriot Games on Saturday.
One of three Spiders to come away with individual wins at the Navy Classic, Taylor Clevinger (Mechanicsville, Va./Saint Catherine's School) continued her strong start to her rookie campaign by clocking a 2:14.48 to take the top spot in the 800 Meters. Joining her in the top five were sophomore Alyson McGonigle (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) in third with a time of 2:14.84 and junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge) in fifth with her time of 2:17.32.
Fellow newcomer Deborah Fajuyibge (Bowie, Md./Bowie) turned it on down the stretch to post a winning time of 59.21 in the 400 Meters. Classmate Amber Young (Pepper Pike, Ohio/Orange) would follow in fourth with a time of 1:01.03.
Reigning A-10 Women's Performer of the Week Nicol Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) easily won the 1,000 Meters with a time of 2:51.43. Freshman Clare Moretz (Madison, Va./Madison) just missed a medal in the race with her fourth-place finish of 3:01.67.
Sophomore Kelsey McKenna (Warwick, R.I./Tollgate) was in action in the 60 Meter Hurdles, rounding out the top three with a time of 9.66. Young crossed the line less than two-tenths of a second behind in 9.82 for her second fourth-place showing of the day.
Classmate Alli Mannon (Litiiz, Pa./Warwick) clocked a personal-best 4:58.56 in the Mile to finish fifth. Joining her in the top 10 was fellow sophomore Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis) who took eighth with a time of 5:10.09.
The Distance Medley Relay squad of Paradis, Clevinger, Traynor and McGonigle provided a fitting ending to the Spiders' strong outing in Annapolis, teaming up for a new Wesley Brown Field House record time of 11:51.34 to win the event by nearly 11 seconds. Mannon led off the relay with a 3:41.10 split in the 1200 Meters, followed by Lineberry's time of 62.5 on the ensuing 400 Meters leg. Lineberry then handed off the baton to Paradis, who covered the 800 Meters leg in 2:16.5. All-American and Olympic Trials 3K Steeple qualifier Traynor would clinch the victory by anchoring the team with a 4:50.70 split in the 1600 Meters.
There were also impressive performances to be had by the Spider women at Mason's Patriot Games. In her indoor season debut, senior Meaghan McGovern took third in the weight throw with a toss of 14.79 Meters, while sophomore Grace Gibson maintained her early season momentum by locking up fifth in the pole vault with a leap of 3.15 Meters.
Senior Devin Cassels (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) followed Gibson's lead in the men's portion of the pole vault, turning in a jump of 4.20 Meters to tie for the second spot.
A pair of newcomers would also come away with top five finishes in Fairfax. Matthew Groff (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) clocked a 2:31.77 to capture second in the 1,000 Meters, while Andrew Valenski (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) rounded out the top five in the 1 Mile with a time of 4:18.77.
The Spiders will split up once again next week when they head to the New Balance Collegiate in New York City from Feb. 3-4 and Christopher Newport's Vince Brown Invitational on Saturday.