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T&F Finishes Day Two At The Fred Hardy Invitational
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 03/29/2014
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The Spiders wrapped up the second and final day of the Fred Hardy Invitational with first and second-place finishes on the track. 

Janel Francis provided highlights throughout the day with stellar performances in the long jump and the 100-meter dash. Senior Kelsey McKenna also turned in a solid performance in the 100-meter hurdles on senior day.

McKenna started the morning with an exciting 100-meter hurdle race.  She took second-place with a time of 14.93. Junior Amber Young recorded a mark of 16.10, which was good enough for 18th-place.  Finishing out the 100-meter hurdles for Richmond was Ann O'Toole, who crossed the finish line 20th (16.36).

Leading the group of three Spiders competing in the 400-meter was Jade Gregory.  Gregory finished 7th (57.01) amongst a field of 70 competitors.  Finishing close behind Gregory were Deborah Fajuyigbe and Mary Allen.  Fajuyigbe secured 16th-place (57.84), while Allen finished 17th (57.90).

Allen and Fajuyigbe combined for some excitement later in the meet when they took part in the 200-meter dash.  Allen finished in seventh-place, crossing the finish line with a time of 25.63.  Fajuyigbe raced her way to a 12th-place (25.95) finish.  Sophomore Amanda Thatcher won her heat with a time of 26.86, which was good enough for 30th.

In the 800-meter run, Emily Graber led the Spiders with a 10th-place finish (2:19.22).  

In the field events, sophomore Janel Francis leaped her way to first-place in the high jump, posting a distance of 5.71-meters.  Securing the second top-five finish in the event for Richmond was Amanda Thatcher.  She claimed fifth-place with a jump of 5.35-meters.  

Later in the day Francis claimed a top-five finish in the 100-meter dash for the Spiders, crossing the finish line fifth (12.39).

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