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George Mason Women, Rhode Island Men Lead Teams after First Day of #A10OTF Championships

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AMHERST, Mass. -- The George Mason women’s team and the Rhode Island men’s team top the leaderboards after day one of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the UMass Track & Field Complex in Amherst, Mass.

George Mason leads the women’s teams with 54 points followed by Dayton (46), VCU (31), Rhode Island (30.5), Massachusetts  (27), Richmond (18), Fordham (17), La Salle (15), Saint Louis (11), Davidson (10), Duquesne(9), George Washington(4), and Saint Joseph’s (0.5).

Siobhra O’Flaherty started things off for the Patriots with a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run, coming in at 35:19.83. Jessica Mcrae also took home third in the women’s hammer throw (51.59 meters), and Mason’s Autumn White and Hannah Robertson took first and second in the pole vault, respectively, each clearing 3.85 meters to launch the team into first place.

Dayton’s Alyssa Ramstetter won the hammer throw at 55.30 meters to start the field events, and Emily Borchers won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second consecutive year in 10:11.21.

Davidson’s Caroline Yarbrough won the 10,000-meter run in a time of 34:27.15 for the first points of the meet, while Richmond’s Rebekah Green (5.86m) and Kayla Woods (5.78m) finished first and second in the long jump. VCU’s Kayla Markel took first in the javelin with a throw of 45.48 meters, and Massachusetts’ Jada Harris won the high jump at 1.75 meters.

Rhode Island currently leads the men with 59 points followed by George Mason (49.5), Massachusetts (41), Saint Louis (32), Fordham (29.5), VCU (28), La Salle (10), Saint Joseph’s (10), Davidson (6), Duquesne (5), George Washington (3), and St. Bonaventure (0).

Thomas Vadis won the hammer throw for Rhody with a throw of 57.55 meters while his teammate Jonathan Buchanon came in third in the event with a throw of 56.30 meters. Jack Reichenback took first in the long jump at 7.38 meters, and Greg McManus was third in the Javelin with a throw of 63.08 meters.

The George Mason men came from behind with a one-two finish in the pole vault. Harrison Shotwell cleared 15-11 (4.85m) for first, and John Seals cleared 15-5 (4.70m) to take second. Trent Lancaster (9:04.27) and Jonathan Schloth (9:09.27) had second and third-place finishes, respectively, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to close out the running events on Saturday.

Fordham’s Ryan Kutch won the 10,000-meter run for the third consecutive year with a time of 30:03.60 and his teammate Brian Cook took home first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:00.79. Massachusetts’ John Long won the Javelin with a throw of 64.22 meters.

La Salle’s Dennis Manyeah had the first and only conference record of the meet with his win in the high jump, clearing 2.14 meters.

UMass’ Bridget Deveau currently leads the way in the women’s heptathlon with 2952 points and fellow minuteman Jonathan Collins leads the men’s decathlon with 3675 points.

The A-10 Outdoor Track & Field action will resume on Sunday with multi-events starting at 9:15 am, and both track and field events starting at 10:30 am. For a schedule of Sunday’s events along with live results, visit championship central at atlantic10.com.

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