March 24, 2012

RAIN DOESN'T WASH AWAY SOLID PERFORMANCES FROM VCU AT TRIBE INVITATIONAL

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Despite several events being cancelled due to rain at the Tribe Invitational hosted by William & Mary on Friday and Saturday, the VCU Rams were able to gain a lot of experience both on and away from the track.

"It rained from start to finish, but our athletes kept their focus and competed like champions," said VCU head coach Jon Riley. "This was good for our athletes to experience, because this may occur at our CAA championship and if we do, our athletes will be prepared. We will only continue to get better every week and I am satisfied with what I saw this weekend.

The Rams had a number of first place finishes on the day, with freshman Brandon Ruffin leading the way with a pair of first place finishes.

The Chesapeake, Va., native won the shot put and the discus. In the shot put, Ruffin's heave landed 15.34 meters, and his attempt in the discus traveled 48.39 meters.

The Rams took the top four finishes in the women's 100 meter hurdles, with red-shirt sophomore Chaneka Perry earning top honors. Perry passed through the finish line in 14.86 seconds, with freshman Alexis Stroman coming in second in a time of 14.90 seconds. Sophomore Nneka Ogwu (15.18 seconds) and senior Rachel Montague (15.42 seconds) came in third and fourth, respectively.

Freshman Kiara Porter captured the title in the 100 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 12.05 seconds. Redshirt sophomore Jaleesa Williams earned a first place finish in the women's shot put, with a heave of 13.43 meters.

Junior Alex Hinton grabbed top honors in the 800 meter run, finishing in 1:54.71 for the Black & Gold. The Rams took the top three honors in the men's 100 meter hurdles, with sophomore Chase Turner coming in first in 15.10 seconds. Senior Cameron Morse (15.65 seconds) and freshman Christopher Smith (15.70 seconds) came in second and third place respectively.

VCU will next be in action at the Fred Hardy Invite this Friday and Saturday at the University of Richmond.

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