Atlantic 10 Conference Championships
Location: Fairfax, Va. (George Mason Stadium)
Team Scores: VCU 159, Dayton 109, George Mason 107, UMass 93.5, Rhode Island 77, Davidson 64.5, Saint Joseph's 60, Duquesne 50, La Salle 47, Richmond 38, Saint Louis 25, Fordham 24, George Washington 4
The short story: VCU dominated the sprints and throws to pave the way to the Rams' second Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Championship in three years Sunday in Fairfax.
- VCU scored 149 of its 159 points on Sunday. The Rams entered the day in sixth place before rocketing up the team standings.
- VCU has now claimed two outdoor and three indoor A-10 Championships since 2015, but this is the first time the Rams have captured both in the same season.
- Freshman Aliyah Newman set a school record of 12.79 meters (41'11 ½'') on the way to triple jump title. Senior Taylor McCormick grabbed second place for the Rams with a personal-best leap of 12.51 meters (41' ½'').
- Senior Olivia Coopwood led a VCU 1-3-4 finish in the 400 hurdles. Coopwood crossed the line in a school-record time of 59.53 to nip Ann Harlos of Saint Louis by .34 seconds. Sophomore Kara Lyles (59.98) and junior Ann Sheehy (60.00) followed Coopwood to the line for VCU.
- Junior Camora Sanders and sophomore Makayla McGowan placed first and second, respectively, in the discus. Sanders unleashed a personal-best throw of 50.14 meters (164'6'') on her second attempt to claim the title. McGowan was close behind with a toss of 49.20 meters. Junior Denise O'Rouke (43.75m) placed fifth for VCU.
- VCU throwers placed third, fifth, sixth and eighth in the shot put. McGowan led the way for the Rams. She uncorked a toss of 14.48 meters (47'6 ¾'') on her fifth attempt to place third.
- De'Nisha Smith continued her outstanding senior season with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.12. Smith also placed second in the long jump on Saturday.
- Senior Amiaya Carey cleared 1.70 meters (5'7'') on her third and final try to capture second in the high jump.
- Junior LeClare Beres totaled 4,639 points to place third in the heptathlon.
- VCU turned in its fastest time of the spring (45.39) to claim gold in the 4x100 relay. The Rams also played second in the 4x400.
Select Rams will compete in the ECAC Championships May 11-13 in Princeton, N.J.