SALUTE TO CHAMPIONS: Women's Indoor Track & Field
Twice a week this summer, Atlantic10.com will feature a sport-by-sport look back at the 2014-15 season and championships. Check back each week for a review of each sport. Today's look back: Women's Indoor Track & Field.
Behind a record setting performance by Kiara Porter, the VCU Women’s Track and Field team captured the 2015 Atlantic 10 Women’s Indoor Championship Sunday at Rhode Island’s Mackal Fieldhouse. It marks the first-ever indoor track title for the Rams.
Porter won three events, the 60m, the 200m and the 400m and set A-10 and facility record in both the 60m and 400m. Her 7.42s record in the 60m topped a mark (7.43s) she set Saturday in preliminaries, beating the old record of 7.46s that was set by Joann Blakney in 2012. Her 400m record time (54.28s) topped Sharese Woods 54.42s mark set in 2007.
Porter was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Female Track Performer, as she led the way for the Rams, which tallied 125 points to claim the title. VCU’s win also earned coach Jon Riley the 2015 A-10 Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year award.
Richmond and George Mason finished tied second with 105 points each. George Mason was the 2014 Champion. Massachusetts, which led after day 1, placed fourth with 85 points and host Rhode Island was fifth with 77.5 points to round out the top five.
Courtney Kromko form UMass won the long jump with a 5.76m leap and finished second in the triple jump with a 11.74m jump to earn Most Outstanding Female Field Performer honors.
Dayton’s Erin Reese of Dayton was the Women’s Rookie of the Year following a 15.93m weight throw, which won the event.
VCU also got a first-place finish in the triple jump from Carina Peter with a leap of 12.02m.
Richmond tied for second place thanks to first-place finishes by the Spider’s distance medley relay team of Taylor Clevinger, Jade Gregory, Alyson McGonigle and Jill Prentice, who won gold with a 11:44.64s time. UR’s Marisa Ruskan also won the mile (4:57.52s) and Clevinger captured the 1000m with a 2:54.69s.
Richmond and Fordham both topped Duquesne’s 2014 4x800 record of 9:05.00 Sunday. Richmond’s team ran a 9:04.95, but it was Fordham’s Melissa Higgins, Kristen Stuart, Danielle Rowe and Titi Fagade that won the event and set the new record with a 9:02.58 run.
Mason tied the Spiders for second after getting top finishes in five events, including a record-setting run by Shavon Briscoe in the 60m hurdles. Briscoe clocked in at 8.45s, besting the previous mark of 8.57s, set by Alexis Stroman in 2014. Bethany Sachtleben won the 3000m with a 9:28.45 and the 5000m with a 16:32.94. Mason’s 4x400 relay team of Taylor Sharpe, Jasmine Robinson, Briscoe and Caela Williams won gold with a 3:49.05. Mason’s Lindsay Horton also took first in the pole vault Saturday with a 3.70m vault.
Anna Simone of Duquesne won the 500m with a 1:14.07 while her teammate Louise Prevoteau won the Pentathlon with 3623 points. Kromko’s UMass teammate Heather MacLean ran 2:14.39s in the 800m to win gold. In addition to Reese’s win, Dayton won two other field events, taking home titles in the shot put (Jenni Rossi – 14.27m) and the high jump (Rebecca Maj – 1.73m).
After the championship, the league announced the Academic All-Conference team, consisting of Davidson's Olivia Menden, Dayton's Rebecca Maj and Chelsea Van Hook, Fordham's Titi Fagade, George Mason's Megann Kaiser and Heather Selheimer, Rachel Hilliard and Courtney Kromko of Massachusetts, Annika Gommell of Saint Louis and VCU's Kiara Porter.
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