Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

Franklin, McManus, Mancini, Botts Earn A-10 Track & Field Performer of the Week Honors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rhode Island seniors Adam Franklin and Greg McManus were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Track & Field Performers of the Week, respectively, while teammate Sawyer Moe earned Men’s Rookie of the Week honors. La Salle junior Grace Mancini and Rhode Island sophomore Molly Botts were named Women’s Track and Field Performers of the Week, respectively, while Rhode Island’s Trinity Smith won Women’s Rookie of the Week accolades. The awards, announced Tuesday, are for meets held April 22-28.

Franklin, a Boonton Town, N.J., product, ran two season bests on Tuesday winning both the 400-meter hurdles (52.48s) and 110-meter hurdles (14.45s) at the Holy Cross Men's Meet. His time in the 400-meter hurdles is leading the conference and his 110-meter hurdle time was a personal best. The 400-meter hurdle time is currently ranked 37th in the NCAA East Prelim. Later in the week, he went on to run 52.63 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles to finish eighth at the Penn Relays.

McManus competed twice this week. The Howell, N.J., native first won the javelin throw at Tuesday's Holy Cross Men's Meet. His season-best throw of 60.44 meters (198' 3") now leads the conference. He then threw 58.72m (192' 7") to finish seventh in the college section of the Penn Relays.

Sawyer Moe finished second in the javelin throw at Tuesday's Holy Cross Men's Meet with a throw of 59.02m (193' 8"). The freshman from Cedar Grove, N.J., currently sits second in the conference.

Mancini shattered her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays on Thursday. The Media, Pa., product finished third out of 32 runners in the event and clocked in a record time of 10:07.47, easily breaking her previous mark of 10:18.08. It's the fastest steeplechase time in the A-10 this year - over 16 seconds faster than the next fastest time in the league. Media, Pa.

In Rhode Island's team win at Stonehill Skyhawk Invitational on Saturday, Botts won the hammer throw with a mark of 53.18 meters. The throw was a personal best for the Cranston, R.I., native, and the eighth best mark all-time at Rhode Island.

At the Stonehill Skyhawk Invitational Saturday, Smith placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.69s) and fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.75) to help Rhode Island to a team win. With her 100-meter hurdles time, the freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y., is fifth overall in the A-10 this season and the top freshman performer.  

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