KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Senior All-American Nicol Traynor raced to her second meet record in as many days and the team's third of the weekend to lead the Spider Track & Field on Saturday's second and final day of action at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships in Kingstown, R.I.
In the team standings, the Richmond women finished sixth with 62.5 points, while the men took ninth with 17 points. Rhode Island captured the men's title with Charlotte taking the title on the women's side.
"The combination of strong senior leadership and standout individual performances from Nicol Traynor and Meaghan McGovern along with Meghan Hart helped lead our underclassmen and granted us a great Atlantic 10 Championship experience," said Director of Track & Field and head women's coach Lori Taylor. "Many of our student-athletes took advantage of this opportunity and performed at a championship level. Our weekend was topped off by A-10 titles in the distance medley relay and 4x800 Meter Relay in addition to a season-best in the 4x400 Meter Relay.
Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) clocked a 9:32.20 to cruise to victory in the 3,000 Meters, setting new A-10 meet and school records in the process. Her finish, which reset her own program mark established earlier this season, was more than 10 seconds faster than the previous conference record of 9:42.87 set by Dayton's Maureen Bolgren.
After picking up a gold in the DMR on day one, freshman Taylor Clevinger (Mechanicsville, Va./Saint Catherine's School) would add another in the 4x800 Meter Relay on Saturday. The rookie standout joined junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge), redshirt freshman Alyson McGonigle (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and sophomore Alli Mannon (Litiz, Pa./Warwick) to turn in a top finish in the 4x800 Meter Relay with a time of 9:10.33.
Clevinger would come up just short of a third gold with a strong runner-up showing of 2:54.35 in the 1,000 Meters. Fellow Richmonder Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis) crossed the line in fifth with a time of 2:59.88.
McGonigle would record her second top-five finish of the afternoon in the 800 Meters, crossing the line in 2:16.24 to take fifth.
In field action, newcomer Karissa Jenkins (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) closed out her first conference meet with the day's fourth-longest leap of 11.79 meters (38'8¼") in the triple jump.
On the men's side, redshirt freshman Ryan Lee (Wilmington, Del./Archmere Academy) finished in 8:29.62 to secure a seventh-place showing in the 3,000 Meters.
Freshman Billy Fayette (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) finished in 4:21.06 to capture seventh in the 1 Mile with junior Jason Skipper (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) clocking a 4:21.93 to cross the line just behind in eighth. Junior Kyle Ragan (State College, Pa./State College) recorded a 4:24.35 to finish just outside the top-10 in 11th.
"We had a small group of men, but they were fiercely competitive in their individual events," said head men's coach Steve Taylor. "Along with the women, we've got a great group that is committed to getting better and performing at even higher heights. We have only one senior on the men's side, and that is exciting as we look forward."
Richmond returns to the track when it travels to Notre Dame, Ind., for the Irish's Alex Wilson Invitational from March 2-3.