NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Sam Houston and La Salle’s Nick Ross have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Men’s Indoor Track & Field Co-Performers of the Week for meets held Jan. 27-Feb. 2, the league announced Monday. VCU’s Kiara Porter has been named the Women’s Performer of the Week. Also honored were La Salle’s Chris Sanders, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week, and George Mason’s Chantel Richardson, who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week.
Houston, a senior from Windermere, Fla., won the heptathlon at the 2014 Metropolitan Championship with a total of 4,859 points, helping the Rams finish fourth overall in the team standings. Houston finished first in four of the seven events, winning the 1,000 meters, the high jump, the long jump and the shot put.
Ross, a junior from East Greenwich, R.I., set a new personal record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:12.26 at this past weekend’s Columbia Lions Invitational. Ross’s time currently sits atop the A-10 standings and ranks 67th nationally.
Porter, a junior from Yorktown, Va., notched another individual gold medal on the season, extending her streak of five individual victories in four weeks of competing. Porter captured gold in the 400 meters with a time of 52.99 at the Penn State National Invitational. Porter’s time was nearly a half second improvement on her own school record and currently ranks as the 4th fastest 400 meter time in the country.
Sanders, a freshman from Philadelphia, Pa., recorded a time of 1:52.63 in the 800 meters at the Columbia Lions Invitational. Sanders’ time in the 800 meters is good for 7th in the event, and currently ranks top in the A-10.
Richardson, a freshman from Chesterland, Ohio, recorded a third-place finish in the long jump at this past weekend Patriot Games with a distance of 5.80m.