BLACK & GOLD BREAK SCHOOL RECORDS AT NEW BALANCE INVITE

NEW YORK – The VCU Men's & Women's Track & Field teams hit the road this weekend for New Balance Invite in the Big Apple.

VCU Head Coach Jon Riley liked what he saw from his athletes this weekend. "We broke a few school records and had a few personal best performances. We are seeing consistency from our athletes each and every weekend. Overall, I was impressed in how we competed against some of the best athletes in the country."

Redshirt-sophomore thrower Jaleesa Williams continued her surge of strong performances in the shot put, breaking her own school record in the event, with a toss of 14.78 meters. Williams previous school record toss landed 14.57 meters.

The Virginia Beach, Va., native didn't just stop there, as she broke the school record and qualified for ECACs in the weight throw.

Redshirt sophomore Chaneka Perry placed second in the college division in the triple jump, jumping 12.29 meters. The Newport News, Va., native's jump broke a school record, surpassing the previous mark of 12.12 meters.

Junior distance runner Brenden Leavitt placed seventh in the 5,000 meters, setting a personal record and qualifying for the IC4A with a time of 14:45.62.

Freshman thrower Brandon Ruffin (pictured right) set a new personal record in the shot put, with a toss of 15.81 meters, which also qualified him for the IC4A meet.

Sophomore Chase Turner finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles of the college division, setting a personal record with a time of 8.32 meters.

The Rams will next be in action the weekend of Feb. 17-18, at the Virginia Tech Challenge.

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