AMHERST, Mass. – Rhode Island’s men’s team and Dayton’s women’s team lead following the first day of competition at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held at UMass’ Track & Field Complex.
Rhode Island, in search of its second consecutive A-10 Outdoor title, concluded Day One with 77.5 points, after sweeping the medals in the Pole Vault along with capturing both first and second in the Hammer Throw and also winning the Javelin. Earning gold for the Rams was junior James Strawderman (Pole Vault), freshman Mahlik Handley (Hammer) and freshman Nick Danner (Javelin). The Rams currently hold a 26.5 point lead over second place Duquesne (51). George Mason is third on the men’s side with 33 points and is followed by Fordham (26) and La Salle (24) in the top five. Rounding out the rest of the standings is Massachusetts with 19.5 points followed by VCU (18), Saint Joseph’s (14) and Saint Louis (9).
On the women’s side, Dayton scored a total of 58 points in the seven women’s events scored to take the lead after Day One. The Flyers, who are in search of their first A-10 Outdoor Championship, finished first in both the Hammer Throw (Aly Weeman) and the Steeplechase (Nicole Cargill). George Mason is second with 51 points after picking up victories in Pole Vault and the Long Jump. Duquesne is third with 49 points. Following Dayton, George Mason and Duquesne in the standings are Rhode Island (30), Saint Louis (26), Massachusetts (20), VCU (19), La Salle (10), Richmond (8), Fordham (2) and Saint Joseph’s (0).
Saturday saw a total of three A-10 records fall beginning with Duquesne’s Jim Spisak setting a new record in the Men’s 10,000 meters with a time 29:33.29. La Salle’s Meghan McGlinchey also established a new A-10 record in the Women’s 10,000 meters with a mark of 34:22.38. In the Women’s 100 meter hurdles, Shavon Briscoe of George Mason set a new A-10 record with a time of 13.40.
The final day of competition will be Sunday. Events begin at 8:45 AM with the Men’s Decathlon 110 meter hurdles.