PRINCETON, N.J./NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Richmond Track & Field wrapped up what was a busy weekend of competition at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational and Christopher Newport's Captain's Classic on Saturday behind a number of strong showings by the squad's underclassmen.
Sophomore Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis) secured a strong finish in the 1,500 Meters in Princeton, crossing the line in a personal-best 4:37.92 to finish fifth in the event's nearly 50-runner field. Senior Lydia Morton (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) followed suit with a time of 4:44.62 to take 15th.
Freshman Matthew Groff (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) would clock a top-10 finish in the men's portion of the 1,500 Meters, placing seventh in 3:54.52. Classmate Billy Fayette (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) followed in 14th with a time of 3:57.28.
Closer to home at the Captain's Classic, sophomore Elizabeth Schinski (Geneseo, N.Y./Geneseo) trimmed nearly 20 seconds off her previous-best to top the field in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 11:26.
Junior Jason Skipper (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) followed Schinski's lead in the 5,000 Meters, going the distance to win the event with a time of 15:13. Classmates Conor Phelan (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) and Kyle Ragan (State College, Pa./State College) finished fourth (15:50.70) and sixth (15:56.88), respectively.
Freshman Deborah Fajuyigbe (Bowie, Md./Bowie) took top honors in the 400 Meters with a winning time of 58.35, with fellow newcomer Melanie Overall (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego) accomplishing the feat in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 37.64 meters.
Sophomore Adam Owens (White Post, Va./Clarke County) came up just short of the top spot on the men's side of the Steeple, recording a runner-up finish with a personal-best time of 9:39.98. Senior Amanda Caporelli Churchville, Va./Buffalo Gap) followed suit with her second-place finish of 5.32 meters in the long jump.
Also on the track for the Spiders on Saturday were freshmen Alli Stapleton (Commack, N.Y./Commack) and sophomore Kelsey McKenna (Warwick, R.I./Tollgate). After earning her first collegiate win in the Steeple a week ago, Stapleton finished just two seconds behind the leader to take third in 4:48.92 this week, with McKenna clocking a 15.73 to sprint her way to the third spot in the 100 Meter Hurdles.
Senior Devin Cassels (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) continued his strong season in the pole vault with a third-place showing of 4.30 meters, while sophomore Richard Arnett (Pasadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) crossed the line in 50.78 to round out the top-three in the 400 Meters.
The Spiders will take part in their final conference meet tune-up this coming week when they travel to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays from April 26-28.
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