WALNUT, Calif./PRINCETON, N.J. - Competing on opposite coasts for the second consecutive day, Richmond Track & Field opened action at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational while also wrapping up running events at the Mt. SAC Relays in suburban Los Angeles.
Senior Nicol Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) got things going for the Spiders in their second and final day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays. Slotted in the Olympic Development Elite heat of the 5,000 Meters, the 2011 All-American took 21st in the event with a time of 16:33.62.
Classmate Meaghan McGovern (North Kinsgton, R.I./North Kingston) opened action for the Spiders in Princeton on Friday, doing so in style by advancing to finals with a personal-best toss of 55.96 meters in the hammer throw that currently ranks first in the Atlantic 10 and just outside the top-30 in the NCAA East. Each of the senior standout's hurls surpassed the 55-meter mark, with her personal-best nearing Beth Crocus' school record of 56.42 meters set in 2006.
Joining McGovern in Princeton was freshman Taylor Clevinger (Mechanicsville, Va./Saint Catherine's School), who turned in a time of 2:13.56 to take 32nd among 60 runners in the 800 Meters.
Also on the line for the Spiders at the Larry Ellis Memorial was redshirt freshman Connor Stauffer, who clocked a 15:10.84 in the 5,000 Meters to cap off day one competition.
The Larry Ellis Invitational will conclude with its second and final day of events on Saturday. Another group of Spiders will stay closer to home to take part in Saturday's CNU Captain's Classic, the schedule for which can be found here.Stay updated on Richmond's outdoor season and all the latest Spider Track & Field news notes right here on RichmondSpiders.com. More in-depth coverage can be found on Coach Steve Taylor's blog and by following him on Twitter as well. The Spiders also have their own Facebook page and have recently launched their own YouTube Video Channel as well.