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800M Races Highlight An Exciting Day 2 At Fred Hardy
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 03/30/2013
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The Spiders wrapped up the second and final day of the Fred Hardy Invitational with two first place and four second place finishes on the track.

“We want to thank the Hardy Family for their support of this event.  For Lori and me, it’s important that our current athletes know the history of the program.  Coach Hardy achieved tremendous success in the form of All-American’s and built a tradition that our athletes aspire to follow. We appreciate their family support," said head coach Steve Taylor.

The day was highlighted by the women’s 4x800 meter relay and the duel between Taylor Clevinger and Alyson McGonigle in the 800-meter. 

Clevinger and McGonigle started the morning with an exciting 800-meter race that came down to the last 50 meters. Clevinger took first place with a time of 2:11.10 and McGonigle finished second with a time of 2:12.03.

Clevinger and McGonigle joined with Stephanie Paradis and Lydia Morton in the 4x800 meter.  The squad convincingly took first with an impressive mark of 9:04.84.  Paradis established the Spider lead over Rutgers, then Morton, Clevinger, and McGonigle continued to widen the gap, giving the Spiders a nine second advantage over the rest of the field.

Freshman and current A-10 Rookie of the Week, Mary Allen, proved she could race with the best as she raced in the same heat as two former Olympic competitors in the 400m and 200m.  Allen earned fourth place in the 400m (55.92), recording the highest collegiate finish in the event.  She finished 6th in the 200m (24.68), shaving a tenth of a second off her season opener time.

Jade Gregory finished seventh in the 400m with time of 56.37 and clocked in at 25.22 to earn 12th in the 200m.  

Allen and Gregory joined with Amber Young and Alexis Williams in the 4 x 400 relay, where the squad took fourth overall with a time of 3:50.74.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Kelsey McKenna led the Spiders with a 21st place finish in 15.66.  Meghan Hart recorded a mark of 16.12, while Ann O’Toole clocked in at 16.53.  

In the longest event of the day, the 3000m, Claire Moretz took second with a time of 10:13.18.   Fellow Spider Kelly Bailey finished third with a time of 10:14.51.

On the men’s side six Spiders took the track in the 3000m.  Ryan Lee battled with Chris DeFabio from Rutgers for first place. DeFabio edged Lee in the last 100 meters of the event to take first while Lee finished in second with a time of 8:30.23.  Adam Owens clocked in at 8:36.81 for fourth place.  

The Spiders also took 12th through 15th in the 3000-meter. Patrick Love finished in 8:55.57 for 12th place, Tim Gruber in 8:56.92 for 13th, Matthew McKenna clocked in at 9:00.45 for 14th, and Matthew Barudin rounded out the group in 15th with a time of 9:01.87.

In the 400m, Case Taylor earned Richmond’s top finish with a time of 51.30. Thomas Smail and Richard Arnett went head to head in section five of the 400m where Smail won the heat with a time of 52.71 and Arnett clocked in at 52.82 to capture second.

Matthew Groff, Jason Skipper, Justin Keefe, and Paul Myer joined forces in the 4x800 meter relay.  The Spiders paced the field of competitors but were narrowly edged in the last 60 meters of the race by Shippensburg.  The team finished second overall with a time of 7:47.68.  

In the javelin throw Scott Sommers took 15th overall with a throw of 45.37 meters.

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Fred Hardy Records
Over the course of two days of competition, 12 meet records, five facility records and one Spider record were broken.

"Twelve Meet Records and five Facility Records were set this weekend.  We were fortunate to have good weather and the combination of collegiate and post-collegiate athletes provided a great balance for the competition," said Taylor.  "Our staff is pleased with the efforts of our athletes.  We thank Francena McCorory, Yvette Lewis, Charles Clark, Ayanna Alexander, Dominic Berger and the other professional athletes for attending our meet.  The opportunity for our community to see them compete made the meet extra special.  We are already looking for to March 28-29, 2014."

Meet Records

Women’s Triple Jump: Ayanna Alexander (unattached)- 13.41m
Women’s Shot Put: Nadia Alexander (Quickstars)-16.29m
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: Yvette Lewis (Brookes)-13.33- ran the 12th fastest time in the world
Women’s 400 Meter: Francena McCorory (Adidas)- 51.74
Women's 400 Meter Hurdle: Jernail Hayes (Quickstars)- 58.62

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles: Kori Meshaw (Kutztown)- 52.66
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles: Dominic Berger (Adidas)- 13.64- his mark was the 11th best mark in the world.
Men’s 4 x 100 Meter Relay: Virginia Union A- 41.28
Men’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay: Pierce Track Club A- 3:11.16

Men’s Triple Jump: Olumide Olamigoke (unattached)- 15.76m
Men’s Discus: James Plummer (Rutgers)- 60.72m
Men’s High Jump: Hoova Taylor (unattached) -2.21m- the mark is the 10th best mark in the world.

Facility Records

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: Yvette Lewis (Brookes)-13.3- ran the 12th fastest time in the world.
Women’s 400 Meter: Francena McCorory (Adidas)- 51.74- recorded the 4th fastest time in the world.
Women’s Triple Jump: Ayanna Alexander (unattached)- 13.41m
Women’s Shot Put: Nadia Alexander (Quickstars)-16.29m

Men’s Discus: James Plummer (Rutgers)- 60.72m

Spider Records

Women's 400m: Amber Young- 1:03.32



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