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Track & Field Travels to UMass for A-10 Championships
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Release: 05/03/2012
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2012 A-10 Championship Central
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond men's and women's Track & Field teams travel to Amherst, Mass., this week for the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships. The two-day meet, hosted by the University of Massachusetts, is set to get underway on Saturday at 8:45 a.m.

The Spider women look to recapture a top-three showing this weekend following their third-place finish a year ago, while the men look to build upon their ninth-place performance at the 2011 conference meet.

SPIDER A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL PAGE
The Championship Central grid above will be featured in both Track & Field recaps posted on RichmondSpiders.com over the course of the weekend. Links will be updated as information becomes available.

Alumni, family and Spider fans at large looking for up-to-the-minute results are encouraged to follow this week's action via live results with additional insight being offered via live in-meet tweets. A complete schedule of events for this weekend's meet can be found here.

A written recap and results will be posted on RichmondSpiders.com following each day of action, with videos being posted on the Spiders' YouTube channel.

WHERE THE SPIDERS STAND HEADING INTO WEEKEND
2011 All-American Nicol Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) will lead the way for a young Spider distance corps this weekend. The stellar senior stands atop the league in both the 1,500 Meters (4:24.61) and 3,000 Meter Steeplechase (10:17.88), with her time in the steeple is currently seeded 15th in the NCAA East Region. She also ranks second in the A-10 in the 5,000 Meters after turning in a time of 16:33.62 at April's Mt. SAC Relays.

Sophomore Alli Mannon (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) heads into the conference meet ranked fourth in the 1,500 Meters with a time of 4:29.19, while junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge) is just behind in seventh (4:31.95).

Freshman Alli Stapleton (Commack, N.Y./Commack) finished the regular season with the league's 13th-fastest time in the 3,000 Steeple (11:23.95), with sophomore Liz Schinski (Geneseo, N.Y./Geneseo) three spots back following her top time of 11:27.15 at Christopher Newport's Captain's Classic.

Highlighting the Spiders' middle distance corps is newcomer Taylor Clevinger (Mechanicsville, Va./Saint Catherine's School), who ranks just outside the conference's top-10 in the 800 Meters with her time of 2:13.56 clocked at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invite.

Richmond also fields the league's third-fastest 4x800 Meter Relay squad after the foursome of Traynor, Paradis, Mannon and sophomore Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis) combined for a winning time of 9:07.00 to claim victory by nearly 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Rutgers at the Fred Hardy Invitational in March. The quartet's time is less than one second off Duquesne's second-seeded squad.

After taking second in the hammer a year ago, senior Meaghan McGovern (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) makes her way to Amherst in search of her first-ever conference title in the event. McGovern has hurled a league-leading toss of 56.25 meters that also ranks 31st in the NCAA East Region.

Also looking to make a statement this weekend will be newcomer Melanie Overall (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego), who is the only freshman among the league's top-10 in the javelin with her fourth-best toss of 37.64 meters that coincidentally came in just her second-ever collegiate meet at George Mason's Patriot Open in April.

Sophomore Grace Gibson (Virginia Beach, Va./Virginia Beach), who sits in seventh among A-10 pole vaulters, will look to extend her school-record mark of 3.45 meters in the event this weekend. Senior Devin Cassels (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) will attempt to do the same after turning in the league's fifth-best jump of 4.45 meters in his final home event at the Fred Hardy.

Joining Cassels on the field this weekend is Sean Livesey (Philadelphia, Pa./Devon Preparatory School) in the javelin. The junior ranks 13th in the event with a distance of 46.74 meters.

Sophomore Ryan Lee (Wilmington, Del./Archmere Academy) will lead the charge for what is also a young crop of distance runners on the men's side. Lee heads into A-10s with the league's 14th-fastest time in the 5,000 Meters (14:46.85), with junior Jason Skipper (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) also inside the event's top-20 with a time of 14:52.24.

Freshman Matthew Groff (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) holds the 15th-quickest mark in the 1,500 Meters with his time of 3:54.52 clocked at the Larry Ellis Invite, while classmate Billy Fayette (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) is just two seconds behind with his time of 3:56.65.

MCGOVERN CAPS REGULAR SEASON WITH CONFERENCE NOD
After what resulted in a near school-record performance at last week's Penn Relays, senior Meaghan McGovern was selected as Women's Outdoor Track & Field Performer of the Week for the first time on Monday, April 30. She became the second Spider to earn the honor this season after classmate Nicol Traynor did so earlier in the month.

McGovern saved her best hurl for last in the College section of the hammer, posting a personal-best toss of 56.24 meters (184-6) on her sixth and final toss to finish second in the event. Her PR, which was just .18 meters off Beth Crocus' 2006 school-record of 56.42 meters, was two full meters further than her winning throw at last year's Penn Relays.

The senior standout's toss currently ranks 31st in the NCAA East Region, with it thus likely to land her a spot in May's NCAA East Region Championship for a third-consecutive season.

TRAYNOR PICKS UP THIRD-CAREER CONFERENCE HONOR
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 Monday, April 2.

Traynor continued what has been a strong final semester on the track on the 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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