Dayton, Fordham, Mason, UMass, URI, Richmond, Claim Indoor Track and Field Weekly Honors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Brian Cook was named Men’s Track Performer of the Week, while Taylor Vernot of Dayton claimed Women’s Track Performer of the Week. Rhode Island’s Jacob Reilly earned Men’s Field Performer of the week, while Dayton’s Jenni Rossi and Massachusetts’ Danielle Notarfrancesco were named Women’s Co-Field Performers of the Week.  Ryan Roger of Rhode Island earned Men’s Rookie of the Week.  Brooke Fazio of Richmond and Kiana Stallworth of George Mason claimed Women’s Co-Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from indoor meets held on Feb. 5-11.


Cook, a senior from Pearl River, N.Y., broke the Fordham school record in the 1,000 meters on Saturday at the BU Valentine Invitational. He placed ninth overall in a school record and IC4A qualifying time of 2:24.97.


Vernot, a junior from Wauseon, Ohio, broke Dayton’s record in the indoor mile with her time of 4:47.59 at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Track and Field Classic. She broke the previous record by three seconds. Vernot bested her previous PR of 5:05.83 by almost eight seconds. It marked the first time since Jan. 6, 2017 that she’s run this event.


Reilly, a senior from Middletown, R.I., won the high jump competition at URI’s Coaches Invitational on Feb. 10. His first attempt of 2.02m (6’7.5”) was a season-best and is fifth in the conference.


Jenni, a senior from Middletown, Ohio, took fourth place in the weight throw with her mark of 17.97m (58’11.50”) and fourth in the shot put with a season-best of 14.68m (48’2”) at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Track and Field Classic.


Notarfrancesco, a freshman from Jackson, N.J., was one of two event winners on the day for the Minutewomen at the URI Coaches Tribute Invitational, taking first in the shot put, breaking her own school record with a 14.82m (48’7.50”) toss. She also captured the No. 2 spot in the weight throw at the meet with a personal record toss of 15.58m (51’1.50”).


Fazio, a freshman from Basking Ridge, N.J., won the 500 meters at the VMI Winter Relays in a time of 1:12.74, breaking both a facility record and the Spiders program record. Her time broke a program record that was set by Tamika Williams in 2001.


Stallworth won the long jump and posted the best mark in the Atlantic 10 this season at the VMI Winter Relays on Saturday in Lexington, Va. Stallworth, a native of New Rochelle, N.Y., won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.91 meters (19’4.75”). It is the best mark in the A-10 this year by more than eight inches. She also finished 10th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.80 seconds.

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