FAIRFAX, Va. – Rhode Island’s men’s team and the Dayton’s women’s team lead following the first day of competition at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held at George Mason Stadium.
Rhode Island, the defending champion, ended Day One with 91.5 points, after sweeping the top four positions in the hammer. Brandon Amo (hammer), Casey Burley (long jump), Ryan Wilkes (pole vault), and Nick Danner (javelin) all earned gold medals for the Rams.
George Mason, this year’s 2018 A-10 Track & Field Championships host, sits in second place with 36.5 points. The Patriots were led by John Seals as the junior finished third in the long jump (7.22m), tied for fourth in the pole vault (4.70m) and came in sixth in the javelin (54.92m).
Massachusetts is in third place on the men’s side with 28 points followed by VCU (19 points), Fordham (15 points), Saint Louis (13 points), Davidson (9 points) and Duquesne (4 points).
In one of the most exciting races of the evening, the 10,000 meters, Fordham’s Ryan Kutch edged Saint Louis’ Manuel de Backer on the home stretch, finishing the race in 30:39.80 compared to de Backer’s 30:40.61. GW’s Carter Day took home the gold medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the line in 8:58.40.
On the women’s side, Dayton scored a total of 57 points in the five events scored to take the day one lead. Emily Borchers (3,000m steeplechase), Jenni Rossi (hammer) and Lillian Cook (javelin) claimed the top spot on the podium for the Flyers.
George Mason, the defending champion, sits in second place with 33 points. Shelby Garnand, Autumn White, and Camryn Harris finished 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively in the pole vault.
Davidson is currently third in the standings with 27.5 points. Trailing Dayton, George Mason and Davidson in the standings are Rhode Island (27 points), La Salle (23 points), Duquesne (15 points), Massachusetts (14.5 points), VCU (10 points), Saint Louis (9 points), Fordham (7 points), Richmond (5 points), Saint Joseph’s (4 points) and George Washington (2 points).
In the women’s 800-meter run, the conference record was broken twice within minutes. In the first heat of the preliminaries, UMass’ Heather MacLean broke her 2015 championship record, crossing the line in 2:06.35. Two heats later, George Mason’s Ashley Lewis broke MacLean’s new record with a time of 2:06.17.
Sarah Sears and Caroline Yarbrough of Davidson finished first and second in the 10,000-meter run. Sears completed the race in 35:15.01 while her teammate, Yarbrough, finished the race in 35:19.73.
The final day of competition will be on Sunday. Events begin at 9:00 am with the men’s decathlon 110-meter hurdles. Field events begin at 10:30 am with the women’s shot put and track events will start at 11:00 am with the women’s 4x100-meter relay.