KINGSTON, R.I. – VCU won the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship Sunday, its second straight title and third overall. The Rams finished with 122.5 points, almost 20 points ahead of second place at the meet, which was contested at URI’s Mackal Field House.
VCU won gold in five events to claim the title. Senior De’Nisha Smith won both the 60-meter hurdles (8.65) and the long jump with a leap of 5.77 meters. Latrice Morris took gold in the 60 meters (7.60), and Kayla Smith finished first in the 400 meters (54.76). Taylor McCormick was the Rams final winner, earning the top spot in the triple jump (12.34 meters).
VCU boss Jon Riley won the 2018 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year distinction, his third for women’s indoor track and field.
George Mason placed second with 102.5 points. Ashley Lewis earned the Patriots a first-place finish with a time of 2:09.27 in the 800 meters. The Mason 4 x 400 relay team of Sharon Dorsey, Lewis, Ashley Lucas and Sarah Moore also earned gold, clocking in at 3:46.78. Freshman GJaudy John-Wallace of George Mason was named A-10 Rookie of the Year after a second-place finish in the 60 meters (7.61), a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters (24.92).
Dayton was third with 94 points and had three first-place finishes. Junior Taylor Vernot was first in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:40.89, while senior Jennifer Rossi was the gold-medal winner in the shot put (15.11 meters) and the weight throw (19.52 meters). Rossi earned the championship’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete with her two wins.
Davidson’s Sarah Sears was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Track Performer after placing first in the mile (4:51.35), and 5,000 meters (16:28.31), and fourth in the 3,000 meters (9:40.89).