Meet: 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships
Location: Leesburg, Va. (Oatlands Plantation)
Team scores: 1-La Salle 53, 2-Saint Joseph's 99, 3-Fordham 104, 4-George Mason 124, 5-UMass 143, 6-Dayton 150, 7-Richmond 174, 8-Duquesne 222, 9-Davidson 232, 10-Rhode Island 245, 11-VCU 269, 12-George Washington 270, 13-Saint Louis 290, 14-St. Bonaventure 430
The short story: Sophomore Hisham Vohra clocked 25:36.9 on the way to a top-15 finish and his first All-Atlantic 10 Conference honor Saturday to lead VCU at the league's championship meet at Oatlands Plantation.
THE FINISH LINE
- A Midlothian, Va. native, Vohra ran with the lead pack for most of Saturday's race, and owned a lead at the 5,000-meter mark. He split 9:11.5 for the first 3K and crossed the 5K mark in 15:35.6. His finish is the highest A-10 Championship finish by a VCU men's competitor since Bryce Catlett placed 12th at the 2017 meet
- Behind Vohra, VCU placed 11th in the field with 269 points, the Rams best since the 2013 championship
- Catlett, a senior, placed 23rd in the field in 26:05.4, two spots better than his 2018 finish
- Freshman Noah Peterson, 76th in 27:04.3, sophomore Sean Moulton, 79th in 27:06.1, and junior Lucas Sidle, 98th in 27:38.2, rounded out VCU's top five
QUOTABLE: COACH NICOLE COOK
"The team really did its best out there today. They competed an no one ever gave up. We had several strong performances, including Hisham, who finished 12th to garner All-Conference. All the seniors ran well at their last A-10 meet. I thought freshmen Noah Peterson on the men's side and Reyna Vasquez-Miller on the women's side ran really well for their first conference championship."
VCU will turn its attention to the NCAA Southeast Regional meet Nov. 15 at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va.