Feb. 6, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Julian Saad and La Salle’s Nick Crits were named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Men’s Indoor Track & Field Co-Performers of the Week, while Xavier’s Ashley Vincent was named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Women’s Performer of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Also honored this week were Rhode Island’s Jalen Young, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Richmond’s Taylor Clevinger, who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week.
Saad, the junior from Trumbull, Conn., recorded an eighth-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Saad’s time of 8:13.88 broke the previous Fordham school record held by Pat Lavery, and currently ranks as the top time in the Atlantic 10 this season.
Crits, the junior from Ambler, Pa., recorded a first-place finish in the Mile run at the Charles Torpey Invitational this past weekend with a time of 2:25.83. Crits’ time in the Mile currently ranks first in the Atlantic 10 and 21st nationally.
Vincent, the sophomore from Keller, Texas, notched the league’s fastest time on the Women’s 5,000 meters this season with her performance at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a time of 17:01.56. Vincent’s time broke the previous school record in the 5K by more than 35 seconds.
Young, the freshman from East Providence, R.I., posted a time of 49.22 in the 400-meter dash along with a first-place finish at this past weekend’s Charles Torpey Invitational. Young’s time in the 400-meters currently stands as the fastest this season in the Atlantic 10.
Clevinger, the freshman from Mechanicsville, Va., picked up her second consecutive Rookie of the Week award after registering a time of 2:52.11 in the 1,000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Clevinger’s time is currently the third fastest in the A-10 and the fastest among freshman. Clevinger was also a member of the Spiders’ 4x800 Meter Relay team that broke a 30-year-old school record with a time of 8:57.30 en route to securing a fourth-place finish.