CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – You ever
have one of those incidents when you go to do some laundry and find
$10 in a pocket?
That's kind of the way Head Coach Jon Riley felt about his Virginia Commonwealth University women's track & field team this past weekend at the Kent Taylor UNC Classic.
"We only took a small group of athletes to the meet because we wanted to work on some technique aspects," Riley said. "We end up shattering a school record and posting three personal bests. It's a true testament to the hard work of these student-athletes."
Leading the way was freshman Jaleesa Williams (Virginia Beach, Va.), who shattered a six-year old school record in the shot put with a toss of 44' 4 ¾". The mark was over a foot longer than the previous record of 42' 11 ¾", held by Ashley Rodgers.
Junior Kelsey Farmer (Mechanicsville, Va.) also posted a personal best in the weight throw with a distance of 49' 4 ½".
"I'm so proud of our throwers," Riley added. "Coach [Ethan] Tussing is doing a wonderful job developing these young athletes and I believe the best is yet to come from this group."
The third Ram to earn a personal best at the meet was sophomore Stephanie Newing (Virginia Beach, Va.), who cleared 10'6" in the pole vault.
The Black & Gold are back in action next weekend in the Patriot Games, hosted by George Mason University, on Saturday, January 30th.