VCU Wins 2017 Atlantic 10 Women's Indoor Track & Field Title
FAIRFAX, Va.—VCU Women’s Track and Field captured its second Atlantic 10 indoor title, Sunday, winning the 2017 A-10 Indoor Track & Field Championship with 126.833 points. It’s the third A-10 track & field title for the Rams in the past three years.
George Mason, which hosted the championship meet at its on-campus fieldhouse finished second with 107 points. Dayton was third with 75 points, followed closely by Rhode Island (74.5 points), Massachusetts (72 points) and Duquesne (70.66 points). Richmond finished seventh, Saint Joseph’s eighth and Davidson ninth. La Salle, George Washington, Saint Louis and Fordham rounded out the field.
VCU won gold in six events en route to the title. Alexis Willis won the 60 meters and Kayla Smith, who was named Most Outstand Rookie Performer, was the 400 meter champion. Nichelle Scott (800 meters) and De’Nisha Smith (60 meter hurdles) also won individual track events, while VCU’s 4X800 relay team also won gold. Taylor McCormick finished first in the triple jump for the Rams.
Rhode Island’s Juleen Lewis, who finished fourth in the 60 meters, won the long jump and was second in the triple jump was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Female Track Performer. Dayton’s Erin Reese was selected as the Most Outstanding Field Performer after taking gold in the shot put and the weight throw,
VCU coach Jan Riley was named the 2017 Atlantic 10 Indoor Coach of the Year.
Richmond’s Mary Allen took gold in the 200 meters while Emilie Cowan of Massachusetts won the 500 meters. Richmond’s Haley Preschutti was the 1,000 meter champion and GW’s Halley Brown was the mile champion. Caroline Yarbrough of Davidson took gold in the 3,000 meters and Miranda DiBiasio of GW won the 5,000 meters. George Mason won the 4x400 meter relay and Richmond won the distance medley relay. In field events, Samantha Thompson of UMass was the high jump champion, Shelby Garnand of Mason took the pole vault. Dayton’s Sarah Sepanski won gold in the Pentathlon.