April 4, 2014

THROWERS HIGHLIGHT RAMS’ DAY ONE SHOWING AT FLORIDA RELAYS

Event: 74th Annual Florida Relays
Location: James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track – Gainesville, Fla.

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The Short Story: Senior Jaleesa Williams and junior Ryan Coles both had huge performances to highlight the VCU track & field squad's first day at the prestigious Florida Relays. After finishing second at this meet last year, Williams won the discus on the women's side, becoming the first Ram to ever win an event at the Florida Relays. Her throw of 169' 6" should lock up a spot at the NCAA East Regionals and currently ranks in the top-20 nationally. Coles had another big performance, breaking 51 meters for the first time and setting a school record with a toss of 168' 7". Junior Kiara Porter also posted a top-10 performance, posting the sixth fastest collegiate time in the 400 meters.

The Highlights:

  • For the second straight year, Williams unleashed a huge throw at this meet, topping the field with a throw of 169' 6", besting the nearest competitor by nearly four feet.  Her throw currently ranks in the top-20 nationally and is over nine feet further than any other throw in the Atlantic 10 this spring.
  • Coles had another big weekend, finishing third in the discus with a record-setting toss of 168' 7", which places him in the top-50 in the East Region. The throw is over 20 feet further than any throw by someone not from VCU in the Atlantic 10.
  • Porter clocked in with the sixth fastest collegiate time in the 400 at 52.92, which is currently the ninth fastest time nationally in the event.
  • Junior George Moore recorded a PR in the 400, nearly getting under 48 with a time of 48.03.
  • Junior Jazmine Wright also posted a PR in the 100m hurdles, clocking in with a time of 1:02.85.

What They Said:

  • "Jaleesa had a great throw today with her final throw of prelims following two fouls to take gold in the discus. She is working through some discus placement items here early in the season and we believe that when she lines it up bigger throws will follow. I was relieved to get a mark that will qualify for NCAAs out of the way so we can focus on these changes without pressure." – Throws Coach Ethan Tussing
  • "Ryan continued to do what he has done all year in PRing and breaking records. The 51 meter barrier has been looming in front of us for three years and I couldn't be more pleased that Ryan let his training and technique come through today for this big achievement." – Throws Coach Ethan Tussing
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