NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – First impressions go a long way.

That's a good thing for the Virginia Commonwealth University men's track & field team who posted a stellar showing at the squad's season opener, the CNU Holiday Open, in the first meet under Head Coach Jon Riley.

"We're pleased with the overall performance of our guys today," Riley said. "We kept our training at the top levels, so we weren't at 100% for meets like we will be later on in the year. As a program, we wanted to use today as a chance to work on the little things that we have been working on throughout the preseason."

Senior Antonio Norvell started his final year in the Black & Gold on the right track, claiming the top spot in the 200-meter dash with a blistering time of 22.24. He was the top finisher out of the nine top-10 finishes that the Rams posted at the meet.

The 600-meter  run was the biggest event of the day for the Rams, garnering three spots in the top-10. Junior Axel Mostrag was the first VCU finisher in the event, clocking in at 1:22.88, good for second-place. Sophomore Alex Hinton and senior Jeffrey Hernandez followed in fourth and 10th place, respectively.

A very talented freshmen class showed big time potential with Eric Zwarycz (pole vault) and Corey Scott (mile run) both grabbing sixth-place finishes, while Andre McLean grabbed an eighth-place finish in the 3000-meter run.

"After a great preseason, this is a great starting point heading into the holiday break," Riley said.

The Rams will take the Christmas break off before returning to action on Jan. 22nd when the squad heads to the Bucknell Heptagonal Meet.