NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s David Fajoyomi and Rhode Island’s James Strawderman have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Co-Performers of the Week for meets held April 21–27, the league announced Monday. George Mason’s Mandissa Marshall and Saint Louis’ Naya Owusu were named the Atlantic 10 Women’s Co-Performers of the Week. Also honored were La Salle’s Chris Sanders, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Rhode Island’s Brianna Robitaille, who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week.
Fajoyomi, a senior from Budapest, Hungary, posted a high jump mark of 7’ 1’’ en route to a fourth place finish at this past weekend’s College High Jump Championship. Fajoyomi’s performance this past weekend finished ¾” short of breaking the Fordham school record set in 1996.
Strawderman, a junior from Cranston, R.I., had a career week setting personal records in the pole vault at two different events. First he won the Holy Cross Men's Meet with a mark 5.15m (16' 10.75"). On Sunday, he won the Brown Invitational with a mark of 5.20m (17' 0.75") becoming just the second URI pole vaulter to vault higher than 17'.
Marshall, a senior from Mountain Top, Pa., finished third out of nine competitors in the pole vault at the Penn Relays with a vault of 4.30 meters. Marshall continues to lead the A-10 in the pole vault.
Owusu, a senior from Overland Park, Kan., improved on her own outdoor school record in the high jump with a mark of 5-9.25 at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines. Owusu finished fifth out of 26 competitors and continues to lead the A-10 in the high jump.
Sanders, a freshman from Philadelphia, Pa., posted a time of 1:48.3 in the 800 meter leg of the Distance Medley Relay in the College Men’s Distance Medley Championships of America at the Penn Relays on Friday, aiding La Salle’s seventh place finish. On Saturday, he posted a time of 1:51.32 as the anchor of the 4x800m relay at the Relays.
Robitaille, a freshman from Attleboro, Mass., was a part of the Rhode Island 4x100 relay team that finished 37th overall in a field of 100 competitors at the Penn Relays with a time of 47.14.