BLACKSBURG, Va. - In her indoor season debut, senior Nicol Traynor led the Spiders with a top finish in the 3,000 Meters as Richmond wrapped up action at Virginia Tech's Hokie Invitational on Saturday.
Traynor (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) turned in a new school record time of 9:40.63 in the 3,000 Meters to highlight another solid weekend for the Spider women on the track. The All-American, whose time was more than five seconds faster than the record previously held by '11 alum Amy Van Alstine, would also combine with freshmen Taylor Clevinger, Clare Moretz and Amber Young for a third-place showing in the DMR with a time of 12:00.56.
Clevinger (Mechanicsville, Va./Saint Catherine's School) returned to the track for a ninth-place finish in the 1,000 Meters with a time of 2:57.83. Fellow Richmonder Amanda Lineberry (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis) clocked a 3:01.85 to finish just outside the top-10 in 11th.
Clevinger and Lineberry would join forces with McGonigle (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and sophomore Alli Mannon (Litiz, Pa./Warwick) in the 4x800 Meter Relay, turning in a time of 9:12.56 to take third.
Junior Stephanie Paradis (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge) opened her indoor season in a big way, recording a time of 5:00.29 to secure the second spot in the mile. Senior Lydia Morton (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) crossed the tape in 5:18.70 to finish sixth.
Senior Beth Kelly (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) turned in another top-three showing for the Spiders in the 5,000 Meters, going the distance in 18:27.22 to capture third. Classmate Emma Berry (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown) would follow in fourth with a time of 18:50.63.
Not to be outdone over in the field events, Grace Gibson (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) continued what has been a strong start to her sophomore campaign in the pole vault with a leap of 3.35 Meters (10'11.75") to finish fifth.
On the men's side, freshman Andrew Valenski (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) clocked a 2:32.44 to open his collegiate indoor career with an 11th-place showing in the 1,000 Meters. He would follow that up with a 13th-place showing in the mile in a time of 4:21.20.
Fellow newcomers Billy Fayette, Matthew Groff and Micah Morton combined with sophomore standout Ryan Lee for a seventh-place finish in the DMR with a time of 10:25.23. The foursome's finish was less than five seconds off a top-five performance.
The Spiders return to action on Saturday when they travel up I-95 to Fairfax, Va., for George Mason's annual Patriot Games.