RICHMOND, Va. – People surrounding the Virginia Commonwealth University women's track & field team know how bright the future is for the Black & Gold.
Now the rest of the world knows, after the Colonial Athletic Association released its all-conference honorees. Four Rams, all underclassmen, earned recognition led by freshman sensation Chaneka Perry (Newport News, Va.).
"I'm proud of our way our girls stuck together as a team and accomplished great things," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "The success of our young girls has a lot to do with the way our juniors and seniors were able to institute the way we do things in this program."
The all-conference honors were given to the top three finishers at the CAA Championships in each event.
Perry led the way with three accolades in her debut season with VCU. She grabbed Second-Team honors in the triple jump and high jump to go along with her Third-Team recognition in the 110-meter hurdles.
Fellow freshman Dionna Hayes (Bowie , Md.) took Second-Team accolades in the 100-meter dash, while Jalessa Williams (Virginia Beach, Va.) rounded out the freshman honorees with a spot on the Third-Team in the shot put.
Julia Anyaugo (Washington, D.C.) consistently improved her throws each week and capped off her sophomore year with a Second-Team award in the discus.
The six accolades were the most by a Rams squad since their second-place showing at the 2005 CAA Championships.