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Spiders Excel In Distance Events At Liberty Quad
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 02/08/2013
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LYNCHBURG, Va.- The Spiders indoor track and field team wrapped up its final meet before the Atlantic 10 Championships with both the men and women posting top finishes in distance events at the Liberty Quad on Friday. 

On the women's side Stephanie Paradis won the mile (5:00.54) after shaving a half second off her season best.

Alli Mannon broke the meet record of 10:25.15 after clocking a time of 10:11.70 in the 3000m. Mannon took second overall.  Teammate Roxanne Henningson finished in sixth place with a season best 10:29.33, whole Claire Moretz crossed the line in eighth place (10:39.54).

In the 60-meter dash, Janel Francis finished seventh in preliminaries but in finals improved her position to sixth place overall (7.99).

Francis also competed in the long jump and triple jump.  She earned fourth in the triple jump where she improved her jump from 10.57m to 10.68m.  Francis took sixth in the long jump (5.16m).

Grace Gibson shattered her previous pole-vaulting record of 3.40m with a new height of 3.45m.  Her mark put her in fifth place.

The men's team continued to have success in the mile.  Jason Skipper won the event in 4:15.69, a 1.24 second improvement from last meet.   Teammate Matthew Groff finished second behind Skipper with a time of 4:16.26.  

Freshman Tim Gruber started his indoor career strong with an 8:45.58 finish in the 3k.

Paul Myer finished sixth in the 800m (2:00.42), shaving 2.19 seconds off his season best time.

The meet marks the first time the men's team entered runners in the 400m.  Case Taylor led the pack posting a time of 52.41.  Richard Arnett clocked in at 53.04.

The Spiders head to Rhode Island for the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships on February 15-16. To stay updated on the latest track and field news follow, check out Twitter, or visit Coach Taylor's blog.

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