Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
Location: Fairfax, Va. (George Mason Stadium)
Team Scores: Rhode Island 216.5, George Mason 172.5, VCU 93, Duquesne 70, Davidson 60, UMass 56, George Washington 55, Saint Louis 42, La Salle 33, Fordham 27, Saint Joseph's 26
The short story: VCU's 4x400-meter relay shattered a school record on the way to a second-place finish as the Rams took third overall at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday in Fairfax.
THE STARTING LINE
- VCU's third place finish in the team standings matches its best in six seasons since joining the A-10. The Rams also placed third in 2016. VCU finished fourth last season.
- Chukwuezugo Aguolu, Kahlil Shepard, Devon Thompson and Bigal Harrison combined to run the fastest 4x400 in school history by nearly two seconds. The Rams clocked a combined 3:09.15, which was just .05 behind George Mason's meet-record effort of 3:09.10.
- Harrison and Thompson, both seniors, also shined in the open 400. Harrison ran a career-best 47.22 in the event, the fastest by a Ram this spring, to place third. Thompson also ran a personal-best of 47.28 on the way to fourth.
- Sophomore Ian Davis clocked 14.46 to take second in the 110 hurdles.
- Senior Jamik Alexander placed in a pair of individual events, collecting third in the 100 and fifth in the 200.
- Freshman Xyan XRichardson continued his breakout rookie campaign with a third-place finish in the high jump. XRichardson also placed third in the event indoors.
- Junior Bashir Idris earned a third-place in the triple jump with his effort of 14.88 meters.
- In the shot put, Freshman Ebenezer Belayneh and Glen Yancey finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Belayneh threw a personal-best 14.99 meters (49'2'').
VCU will participate in the IC4A Championships May 11-13 in Princeton, N.J.