NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – There were three records set Saturday on day one of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. Dayton currently leads the women’s field, while Rhode Island is in front of the men’s teams. The two-day championships, which are being held at Rhode Island’s Mackal Field House, conclude Sunday.
The first record of the day to fall was in women’s pole vault, where Karlee Fowler of URI set a new meet, facility and school record with a 3.96 meter vault in the finals, winning the event.
The second record was in the preliminaries of the men’s 60 meters. Rhody senior Nigel Hill clocked a 6.82 time, equaling the A-10 Championship record. The final record, also on the men’s side came late in the day, when George Washington’s Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team finished at a time of 9:56.46, over a second faster than the old record of 9:57.64. The DMR team of senior Charles Arnold, senior Ed Delavergne, sophomore Colin Wills and sophomore Jon Dooling set both a meet and facility record with the time.
Dayton scored a 41.5 points to lead the women’s side, followed by George Mason in second with 35.5 points and Davidson in third at 30.5 points. The Flyers were led by a gold-medal finish from senior Jennifer Rossi in the weight throw (19.52 meters). Davidson took two of the three top spots in the 5,000 meters when senior Sarah Spears (16:28.31) and Caroline Yarbrough (16:35.38) finished 1-2 in the distance race.
Rhode Island’s 24 points are good for fourth, while Richmond and VCU are tied for fifth with 23 points. Massachusetts (20.5 points) and La Salle (15 points) are next respectively. Duquesne and Saint Joseph’s round out the women’s field. Bridget Deveau of UMass won the pentathlon, claiming first place in the long jump, shot put and 800 meters.
Rhody has a hold on first place with 62 points on the men’s side. Mason is second with 34 points and Fordham placed third on day one with 20 points. URI got a number of first-place finishes to bolster its standing, including junior Ryan Wilkes’ pole vault of 5.02 meters and Casey Burley’s long jump of 7.33 meters. Rhody also took all three top spots in the weight throw. Brandon Amo (18.36 meters), senior Mahlik Handley (18.00 meters) and junior Thomas Vadis (16.86 meters), Mason senior John Seals leads the heptathlon heading into the second day with 2,303 points by capturing first place in the long jump, high jump and 60 meters. Fordham got a first-place finish out of sophomore Ryan Kutch, who won the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:49.11.
Saint Louis finished fourth (18 points) while UMass and La Salle were fifth and sixth with 17 and 12 points respectively. VCU (11 points), and George Washington (10 points) came next, with Davidson and Saint Joseph’s rounding out the field.