RICHMOND, Va. – Savings accounts are something everyone is taught about at an early age. Parents always tell their children that if the savings becomes worth it when the big purchase is made.
That's the mentality of the Virginia Commonwealth University women's track & field this spring. Keep making deposits (good performances and hard work) and then make a big withdraw at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
At their first home meet in two years, the Black & Gold made another big deposit into that back account, taking two more school records along the way.
"It's always nice to be able to host a meet and not have to travel," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "I'm really pleased with how the meet ran and can't thank everyone enough for helping out. I'd especially like to thank Coach [Dave] Giffard and the men's soccer team for doing a great job all day long."
Sophomore Stephanie Newing (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the first to etch her name in the record books by clearing 11' 7 ¾" in the pole vault. That mark breaks a four-year old school record of 11' 5 ¾" set by Lauren Stewart.
"Assistant Coach Allyson Thomas is doing an outstanding job with Stephanie," Riley said. "Stephanie is by far our hardest working athlete and I'm so excited to see all of her hard work result in a big personal best and a school record."
Less than an hour later, freshman Chaneka Perry (Newport News, Va.) (pictured, right) rewrote her own record in the triple jump with a leap of 40' 1 ½" to earn a victory in the event. The newcomer also earned wins in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles for the Black & Gold.
"Chaneka continues to impress us in her first season with us," Riley commented. "We've worked on modifiying her landing and she's doing a great job with the adjustment. She had another awesome day for us."
In the throws, freshman Jessica Williams (Virginia Beach, Va.) picked up a victory in the shot put with a huge personal best of 42' 4 ¼". Sophomore Julia Anyaugo (Washington, D.C.) posted a personal best in the javelin with a heave of 96' 6 ¼" and junior Kelsey Farmer (Mechanicsville, Va.) tossed a career-high 144' 4 ¼" in the hammer throw.
"I've really been impressed by the way our team has continued to work hard and stay focused on their goals throughout the year," Riley said. "This group has made some really significant deposits into our 'bank' and I know we are ready to perform and do our best at the championship meet in a couple weeks."
The Rams have one more meet before the CAA Championships as they travel to the prestigious Penn Relays next week.