VCU in Fifth Place After Day One of Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championship

MEET: Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship (Irwin Track and Field Center - Charlotte, N.C.)

THE BASICS: VCU concluded day one of the Outdoor Track and Field Championship in fifth place with 32 points. After one day, Dayton leads the meet with 66 points.


  • Junior Jessica Williams won the discus championship with a toss of 46.96 meters, winning the event. Her sister, Jaleesa, finished third with a throw of 46.52-meters.
  • In the pole vault, junior Justine Dutton placed seventh, with a vault of 3.27 meters.
  • Junior Jaleesa Williams unleashed a throw of 49.09-meters, placing fifth in the hammer throw.
  • In the javelin throw, freshman Briana Ratchford recorded a toss of 40.36-meters placing third. The throw was a personal-best and set a new school record.
  • VCU had two athletes place in the top eight in the women's long jump. Junior Niaimani Aduma recorded a season-best 5.62-meter leap, finishing in sixth place. While, freshman Carina Peter placed eighth with a jump of 5.60-meters, an outdoor personal record.
  • In the prelims of the 100-meter dash, senior Dionna Hayes turned in the day's best time and a season's best run of 11.85 seconds. Sophomore Nicole Grasty also made the finals with a personal record time of 11.98 seconds.
  • Sophomore Kiara Porter ran the best time of the day in the 200-meter prelims with a run of 23.86 seconds. Grasty qualified for the finals with a personal-best run of 24.40 seconds.
  • Porter also qualified for the 400-meter race tomorrow, running 53.96 seconds.
  • Sophomore Alexis Stroman qualified for the 100-meter hurdles finals by running a time 14.13 seconds.
  • After day one of heptathlon, junior Nneka Ogwu is in 11th place with a score of 2,586 points, while classmate Amani Harper is 13th with a score of 2,449 points.

VCU concludes the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships tomorrow, May 5, in Charlotte, N.C.