March 27, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond freshman Beth Kelly won the 5,000-meter and freshman Meaghan McGovern won the hammer on the first day of competition at the 5th Annual Fred Hardy Invitational, being hosted by the Spiders at Sports Backers Stadium.
Junior Andrew Benford placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the Spider men's team.
Kelly ran the 5,000 in 17:59.16 to finish first out of 11 runners and was followed by freshman teammates Julie Rechel in second and Carter Norbo in third. Rechel ran the 5,000 in 18:13.36, while Norbo finished in 18:15.92. Emma Berry finished eighth in 19:06.71.
McGovern threw the hammer 50.36 meters to win by over three meters and Heather Roush took ninth with a toss of 39.17 meters. Roush also finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 11.52. Monica Howard took 10th in the shot put at 11.07 meters.
Megan Ney finished third in the high jump, clearing 1.55 meters and was fifth in the long jump at 5.38 meters. X'auntasia Johnson was 10th in the long jump with a leap of 5.11 meters.
Richmond's 4x800 women's relay team of Nicol Traynor, Amy Van Alstine, Andi Defonce and Alyssa Mankin finished second in 9:19.43.
On the men's side, Benford took second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 8:59.33. Devin Cassels was 10th in the pole vault, clearing 4.0 meters.
The Spiders' 4x800 team of Sean Welsh, Jeff Strojny, Derek Jensen and Greg Hoffman finished fourth in 7:52.03 and the 4x800 team of Matt Mello, Tim Smith, Sean Steller and Levi Grandt finished sixth in 8:11.95.
The second and final day of competition takes place on Saturday with the field events beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Sports Backers Stadium.