March 26, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND - The Fred Hardy Invitational came to a close Saturday afternoon following redshirt-seniors Amy Van Alstine and Matt Llano's first-place finishes in the 3,000m competitions. Earlier in the day, Heather Roush and Meaghan McGovern captured first in their individual field events. The meet, hosted by the University of Richmond, was the first track & field meet to be held in the new Robins Stadium.
"This was a great meet," said men's head coach Steve Taylor. "Our teams competed extremely well. Our men in the 3K were very good today, sweeping the top four places. It was great to see such a team effort by our athletes.
"This is without question one of the premier track & field venues in the nation. The video screen, lighting, atmosphere in general was electric last night and today and it showed in our team performance. We are very proud of the effort our teams showed this weekend."
Redshirt-senior Amy Van Alstine captured first-place in the 3,000m run with her time of 9:29.54. Her time set a school, meet, and facility record, and also ranks as the second-best performance in the nation for the 2011 outdoor season. Freshman Jill Prentice finished fourth in the 3,000m race, and her time of 9:55.39 ranks in the top-five for Richmond freshmen. Her performance also ranks as the sixth-best time for NCAA freshmen and 32 overall. Additionally, her time qualifies her for the USATF Junior National Championships.
Freshman Amanda Lineberry placed ninth in the women's 800m run with a time of 2:17.21. Sophomore Andi DeFonce came in 14th with a time of 2:20.93, followed by freshman Alyson McGonigle in 15th-place (2:21.03) and freshman Brennan Long in 26th-place (2:27.39).
The Spider women also took first in the 4x800m relay with a time of 9:13.81. The team consisted of Amanda Lineberry, Andi DeFonce, and Nicol Traynor. Their time stands as the seventh-best performance in the nation and first in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Senior Heather Roush took first in the discus competition with her season-best mark of 45.84m. Senior Monica Howard placed third with a mark of 42.41m.
Roush also finished first in the javelin throw, setting a meet, facility, and school record with her throw of 48.08m. Her mark currently ranks at the number 12 performance in the nation for the outdoor season, second in the Division I Eastern Region and first in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Junior Meaghan McGovern had her second first-place victory of the meet with her mark of 52.32m in the hammer throw competition. Her mark ranks second in the NCAA Division I East Region and first in the Atlantic 10.
Sophomore Megan Hart also came in fifth in the women's long jump competition (5.04m), followed by freshman Ann O'Toole in 10th (4.79m).
As for the men, redshirt-senior Andrew Benford clinched eighth in the men's 800m run with his time of 1:57.54.
Richmond swept the top four spots in the men's 3,000m. Redshirt-senior Matt Llano's took first-place with his time of 8:17.35, breaking the meet and facility records. His time also ranks second in NCAA for the 2011 outdoor season. Llano was closely followed by senior Tim Quinn in second-place with a time of 8:23.77, whose performance currently ranks 18th in the NCAA. Freshman Ryan Lee finished third in the 3,000m race and set a personal best with his time of 8:25.83. His performance is the eighth-ranked freshman 3,000m performance in the NCAA for the outdoor season and qualifies him for the USATF Jr. National Championships in Eugene, Ore. this June. Sophomore Chris York placed fourth and also set a personal record with his time of 8:26.11 (34th in the NCAA), while redshirt-senior Jon Wilson came in sixth-place overall with a time of 8:32.33 (58th in the NCAA).
- Two school records and a tie: Van Alstine's 3K record, Roush's javelin record, and Gibson's pole vault mark ties her own record
- Three facility records: Matt Llano's 3K record, Van Alstine's 3K record, and Roush's javelin record
- Five meet records: Matt Llano's 3K record, Van Alstine's 3K record, Roush's javelin record, Benford's 3K steeplechase record, and Nicol Traynor's 1500m record
- Nine event wins: Matt Llano's (3K), Van Alstine (3K), Roush (javelin and discus), Benford (3K steeplechase), Traynor (1500m), Kelly (5K), McGovern (hammer throw), and the women's 4x800m.
"It was great to have the Fred Hardy Invitational home again in our new state of the art facility," said women's head coach Lori Taylor. "Our athletes look forward to this meet and starting the season off on a high mark. Two school records, 9 event wins, and numerous personal bests show that our athletes respond to being here at home. We are very happy with the way our athletes competed."
The Spiders return to action next weekend at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.