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Senior Meaghan McGovern made it look easy with her dominant win in Saturday's hammer throw competition.
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Senior Meaghan McGovern made it look easy with her dominant win in Saturday's hammer throw competition.
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Five Records Fall on First Day of A-10 Championships
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Release: 05/05/2012
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AMHERST, Mass. - Seniors Meaghan McGovern and Nicol Traynor headlined what was a record-setting opening day for the Spiders at the Atlantic 10 Championships at the UMass Track & Field Complex in Amherst, Mass. The Richmond women head into Sunday's second and final day of action in second place, while the men are in 11th overall.

McGovern (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) opened the morning with a new school record in the hammer throw. After tossing a personal-best 56.84 meters on her second throw, the senior standout stormed back with a distance of 57.03 meters (187-1) in her fifth and traditionally best hurl to easily escape the event with the gold. McGovern finished the morning with the event's top five throws.

Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) was equally as golden in the afternoon's running events, pulling away from the pack early to clock a new meet- and facility-record time of 10:04.20 in her signature 3,000 Meter Steeplechase that was less than two seconds off her program record and more than 20 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from UMass.

Sophomore Elizabeth Schinski (Geneseo, N.Y./Geneseo) secured the ninth spot in the race with a time of 11:02.99, while freshman Alli Stapleton (Commack, N.Y./Commack) qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals with her finish of 11:12.18.

In what continued to be a strong day for the Spider seniors, Devin Cassels (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) reset his school record in the pole vault with a jump of 4.50 meters to finish fifth overall in the men's competition.

On the women's side of the event, sophomore Grace Gibson (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) finished fourth with a jump of 3.41 meters, coming up just .04 meters shy of her school-record mark in the event.

In her first-ever conference championship, newcomer Melanie Overall (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego) turned in a fourth-place performance in the javelin with her hurl of 37.61 meters (123-5).

Senior Beth Kelly (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) went the distance in the 10,000 Meters with a 10th-place time of 37:01.83, while classmate Amanda Caporelli (Churchville, Va./Buffalo Gap) followed suit in the long jump with a distance of 5.51 meters (18-1).

The Spiders closed out the day in record-setting style thanks to junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge), freshman Taylor Clevinger (Mechanicsville, Va./Saint Catherine's School) and sophomores Alli Mannon (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis). The quartet combined for runner-up time of 8:56.37 to smash the 30-year-old 4x800 Meter Relay school record (9:00.00) by more than three seconds.

Richmond returns to the track for the second and final day of conference meet competition on Sunday. Freshman Austin Locke opens action for the Spiders in the men's shot put at 9:30 a.m., with the squad's running events scheduled to start at 11 a.m. with the men's 1,500 Meters.


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