December 5, 2010

FORTUNE, RAMS START INDOOR SEASON STRONG AT CNU HOLIDAY OPEN

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Most movies put out sneak peeks to draw big crowds for their opening weekends.

If Sunday's Christopher Newport University Holiday Open was the sneak peek for the upcoming season for the Virginia Commonwealth University women's track team, it could be a blockbuster type campaign for the Black & Gold.

 "As a staff, we're really pleased with how our athletes performed today," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "We've been training through this meet with out deterring from our high volume training plans, so a lot of our athletes weren't going at 100%. We wanted to use this meet to work on the little things and this is a great starting point for us."

As a squad, the Rams posted 13 top-10 finishes with senior Quina Fortune leading the way with a second-place showing in the 60-meter dash, clocking in at 7.55. Sophomore Dionna Hayes was right behind her teammate, finishing fifth in the event at 7.66.

Freshman Niaimani Aduma was outstanding in her first meet for the Black & Gold, tallying two top-10 finishes. Her first came in the long jump with a leap of 17' 6", good for sixth overall, while her time of 1:01.24 in the 400-meter dash, notched her an eighth-place finish.

Another newcomer, Justine Dutton, grabbed a top-five finish after clearing 9' 6 ¼" in the pole vault, while the duo of Rachel Montague and Jennifer McAvoy finished fifth and sixth in the triple jump.

VCU was also strong in the relay department with two squads finishing in the top-10 in the 4x400 relay, as well as a second-place showing in the distance medly.

The Rams will take the Christmas break off before returning to action on Jan. 22nd when the squad heads to the Bucknell Heptagonal Meet.

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