May 7, 2011

WILSON, VETERANS LEAD RAMS TO SIXTH PLACE FINISH AT CAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

RICHMOND, Va. – Senior student-athletes always talk about leaving it all out on the court, track, field, etc. No one ever wants to leave behind any "what if's."

The veterans on the Virginia Commonwealth University men's track & field team were following that exact message this weekend at the CAA Championships. Behind several strong performances from the seniors, the Rams garnered a sixth-place finish.

"I want to thank your seniors for all their hard work this year, especially with it being my first year overseeing them," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "Hopefully we can continue to improve upon what they've built here at VCU."

Leading the way once again for the Black & Gold was DeAngelo Wilson. The Richmond, Va. native posted second-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (10.41) and 200-meter dash (21.50). He then teamed with classmates Donnie Seward and Kyle Jones, along with sophomore Josh Bostick, for the 4x100 meter relay, in which the quartet finished just behind George Mason with a time of 40.70.

Seward was very busy for the Black & Gold all weekend long. Along with the 4x100, he finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (21.71), seventh in the 400-meter dash (48.31) and ran the first leg of the 4x400 meter relay, which finished third with a time of 3:16.77.

Sophomore Kenneth Wooten was the first Ram to claim a medal on the weekend, when unleashed a toss of 53.09m to place third in the javelin on Friday afternoon. Senior Allan Moody finished to spots behind Wooten with a throw of 51.90m.

Jeff Hernandez, another senior standout for VCU, was also a part of the 4x400 relay and grabbed a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.98.

Senior Walid Berkhedle was the final Ram to grab a top-four finish with a time of 3:51.89, just outside of medal contention to tally five points for the Black & Gold.

The Rams will now focus on final exams this week before heading to Princeton, N.J. to compete in IC4A Championships next weekend.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1) George Mason            239
2) UNC Wilmington          143.5
3) Northeastern              125.5
4) Delaware                    112
5) William & Mary            109
6) VCU                           67
7) Georgia State             14

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