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VCU Wins Third Straight A-10 Indoor Women's Track & Field Championship

By Atlantic 10 Conference

FAIRFAX, Va.— VCU won its third straight Atlantic 10 Women’s Indoor Track and Field title Sunday, claiming the championship crown at the George Mason Fieldhouse with 136 total team points.

Host George Mason, which led after day one, finished second with 120.5 points and Massachusetts placed third with 95 points. There were nine record-breaking performances across seven events in the championship.

Camora Sanders gave VCU first-place points in the shot put and weight throw, taking gold in the shot put with a distance of 13.95 meters and in the weight throw with a toss 17.57 meters. VCU’s Aliyah Newman also won the triple jump, with a distance of 12.52 meters. The Rams also had gold medal performances in the running events, with Emily Mulhern winning the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:35.28, while Kayla Smith won the 200 meters with a time of 24.64. Nine other VCU athletes placed in the top three in their respective events. VCU coach Jon Riley was named A-10 Coach of the Year, his fourth coach of the year award in women’s indoor track & field.

Mason got six first-place finishes and set three meet records across the two days of competition Taylor Williams won gold in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57. Sarah Moore won the 400-meter dash by setting a meet record with a time of 54.20, which beat the previous mark of 54.28, set by VCU’s Kiara Porter. Ashley Lewis also set a meet record in the 800-meter run, clocking in at 2:078.90, beating Heather MacLean of UMass’ mark of 2:09.06 set in 2016.  The Patriots won the 4x400-meter relay in 3:42.89, also a meet record, with the team of Williams, KellyAnn Downer, Lewis and Moore. The previous record was 3:44.74, set in 2017 by George Mason. Kiana Stallworth won the long jump with a 5.90-meter leap, and Mason took all three top spots in the pole vault behind Autumn Harris (first – 3.85 meters), Hannah Robertson (second – 3.65 meters) and Victoria Burns (tied for third – 3.50 meters). Robertson, a freshman, was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer.

UMass’ Emilie Cowan won the 500-meter dash with a 1:13.01 and Jada Harris won the 60-meter hurdles with a meet-record time of 8:45, which equaled the time set by George Mason’s Shavon Briscoe in 2015. Harris also won the high jump with a leap of 1.73 meters. Bridget Deveau claimed the pentathlon with a meet-record 3,869 points, besting the record set by Shayna Daugherty. Duquesne’s Shannon Taub finished second in the pentathlon with 3812 points, also beating the record. Taub was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.

Rhode Island’s Lotte Black, the championships' Most Outstanding Track Performer, won the 1,000 meters with a meet-record time of 2:49.08. Richmond’s Brooke Fazio finished second in the same event, also earning a record-breaking time of 2:51.15. the previous record of 2:51.43 was set by Kerri Gallagher. Black also won the mile race with a 4:52.18.

La Salle’s Grace Mancini won the 3,000 meters in a time of 9:36.09. Richmond’s 4x800 team of Maria Acosta, Caroline Robelen, Kendra Smither and Fazio clocked in a 9:01.35 to win the event and set a meet record. The previous mark of 9:02.58 was set by Fordham in 2015. Fazio, Acosta, and Robelen also teamed with Rachel Helbling to win the distance medley relay at 11:43.23.

Richmond finished fourth in the meet with 78.2 points, just ahead of Rhode Island’s 76.2 points. Duquesne was sixth with 73 points and Dayton seventh with 49.5 points. Davidson (46.2 points), Fordham (36) and La Salle (35) placed eighth through 10th respectively. Saint Louis, Saint Joseph’s and George Washington rounded out the field.

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