March 29, 2008
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Monica Howard set a school record in the discus, Amy Van Alstine won a pair of events and Matt Llano set a meet record in the 3,000m to highlight the second and final day for the University of Richmond track & field team at its Fourth Annual Fred Hardy Invitational. The meet concluded Saturday afternoon on the Fred Hardy Track at First Market Stadium on campus.
After five meet records fell on Friday's opening day, just two were eclipsed on Saturday. Howard's record toss in the discus of 44.36m was the lone school-record to fall for Richmond in the meet.
Howard, a freshman from Wilmington, Ohio, smashed the field by more then two feet in the discus early Saturday morning with her mark of 44.36m. Former Spider Heather Roush held the previous record of 44.04m set last season.
Llano ran what proved to be the race of the day for the Spiders as Richmond swept the top four spot in the men's 3,000m run. The sophomore posted a meet-record time of 8:30.32, snapping the mark of 8:38.84 set by current sophomore Andrew Benford last season. Benford finished second this season (8:31.51), Tim Quinn was third (8:32.29) and Jon Wilson was fourth (8:32.74).
"That was obviously a huge race to sweep the top four spots," said head men's coach Steve Taylor. "We got four great performances by three sophomores and a freshman, with Wilson setting a personal-best and Quinn running nearly a minute faster than he did last year in high school."
Van Alstine won both the 1,500m and 3,000m events on Saturday crushing the field by nearly 20 seconds in the 3,000, while edging out William & Mary's Lynn Morelli in the 1,500 (4:34.26). The sophomore was clocked at a brisk 9:53.98 in the 3,000, which stands as a personal-best and was just .29-seconds shy of the school record set in 1908 by All-American Debroah Snaggs.
"I'm proud of the way Amy ran today," said women's head coach Lori Taylor. "That was a tough double for her and both of her times were very fast. She beat a competitive field in the 1,500 and was very close to an NCAA regional qualifying time, then came back later to set a school record in the 3K"
Also in the 1,500, Nicole Traynor was third (4:42.40), followed by Alyssa Mankin in 10th, Diana Filtz was 11th and Jennifer Ennis was 12th. The 3,000 saw Julie Rechel take third (10:13.68) and Shelby Faircloth finish fourth (10:19.81).
The Richmond women faired well in two relays as the Spiders edged cross-town rival VCU in the 4x100 relay (48.83), while finishing second in a hotly-contested 4x400 relay (3:53.95). Jasmine Cottle, Marissa White, Jonanna Ubiwa and X'auntasia Johnson ran the 4x100, with Cottle, Megan Ney, Paloma Krakower and Tara Markey running the 4x400.
"That was the first time we have a put the 4x100 together," said Taylor. "The hand-offs are so critical and that was a very good time for them and also a good early-season time in the 4x400."
Also in the field events Saturday, Samella Koroma took seventh in the discus (34.47m), while Howard was eighth in the javelin (29.27m) and Stephanie Lapp was ninth in the javelin (25.44m).
White led four Spiders in the 100m dash, taking sixth in 12.76. Cottle was seventh (12.77), Ubiwa was 12th (13.18) and Lapp was 15th (13.20). White just missed a medal-finish in the 100m hurdles by taking fourth in a time of 15.48, while Ubiwa took seventh in the 200m dash (26.46).
The 800m run saw five Spiders finish in the top-16, led by the fifth-place finish from Markey (2:15.74). Krakower was 10th, Filtz was 11th, Traynor was 12th, Mankin took 14th and Ennis was 16th.
On the men's side, David Hille was 14th in the 200m (23.52) and 20th in the 100m (11.76), while Michael Schmittlein finished 17th in the 400m (54.09) and 21st in the 200 (24.01).
Jeff Strojny paced a Richmond quartet in the 800m as he captured the bronze with a time of 1:54.80. Greg Hoffman finished 11th (1:57.68), Derek Jensen was 15th (1:59.17) and Brendan Regan was 21st (2:00.88).
Jonathan Molz and Sean Welsh each ran the 1,500, with Molz capturing eighth (3:58.65) and Welsh taking 14th (4:05.64). Neil Slotterback threw the javelin for the Spiders and his best mark of 49.73m was good for a seventh-place finish.
"Overall, this was a great meet for us. It was nice to be at home, but also a luxury to have the entire meet video streamed on the web," said Steve Taylor. "It is something that not many collegiate programs do. For example, David Hille is an exchange student from an Australia and for his family to be able to see him run live is something that is very special."