NORVELL’S TWO WINS LEAD RAMS AT LOU ONESTY INVITATIONAL


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – If anyone in the Colonial Athletic Association didn't have Antonio Norvell (Portsmouth, Va.) (above) on their radar as a frontrunner in the sprints, they might want to take notice before CAA Championships in a few weeks.

Norvell posted two wins to lead the Virginia Commonwealth University men's track & field team at the Lou Onesty Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia, on Saturday.

The third-year standout opened up his weekend by blowing away the competition in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.78. He completed his sweeps in the sprints with a time of 21.43 in the 200-meter.

"Antonio has probably been our most consistent performer all year," Head Coach Julian Spooner. "He's an incredibly talented kid and we fully expect him to be able to challenge for several different individual titles at the conference meet."

Norvell wrapped up his day by teaming with classmates Allan Moody (Woodbridge, Va.) and Kyle Jones (Richmond, Va.) and senior DeAngelo Wilson (Richmond, Va.) to grab a second-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. Their time of 41.31 was just .09 seconds of Temple's winning time in the event.

Wilson tallied a second-place finish of his own, clocking in at 10.91 in the 100-meter dash.

Junior Walid Berkhedle (Toronto, Ontario) (right) led a trio of solid performances by the distance group, by picking up a third-place showing in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.80. Senior Piotr Dybas (Jaslo, Poland) and freshman Justin Kendall (Richmond, Va.) each garnered third-place finishes of their own in the 3000-meter and 1500-meter, respectively.

Senior Cyprian Yankey (Richmond, Va.) concluded the strong showings for the Rams with a personal best of 148' 1" in the discus, good for a seventh-place finish.

The Black & Gold will host its only home meet of the year next week with Longwood and Richmond coming to VCU's SportsBackers Stadium for the 2010 VCU Invitational on Saturday, April 17th.

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