Women's Track and Field has Strong Showing at Father Diamond Invitational


MEET: George Mason University's Father Diamond Invitational – (Fairfax, Va.)

THE BASICS: The VCU Women's Track & Field program kicked off its 2013 season traveling to the Father Diamond Invitational in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday. The Rams placed a total of 15 athletes in the top 10 of their events.


  • Sophomore Alexis Stroman won the women's 60m hurdles race. The Cheltenham, Md. native ran a 8.79, which was just a shy of her own school record time of 8.68. The time also qualified for the ECAC event.
  • Following a strong freshman season, sophomore Kiara Porter opened 2013 season with a fourth place finish in the 500m dash, running a 1:14.89. Her time was a personal-best and the school record.
  • Running in her first-career collegiate meet, freshman Carina Peter ran a 7.82 60m dash.
  • Freshman Briana Ratchford kicked off her collegiate career with a third place throw in the shot put. Ratchford's best throw of the day was 11.9m.
  •  The Rams had two top 10 finishers in the women's weight throw. Junior Jaleesa Williams won the event with a throw of 16.14m (ECAC qualifying), while classmate Jessica Williams finished sixth with a throw of 12.8m.
  • In the long jump, VCU had a pair of top 10 finishers. Junior Niaimani Aduma garnered fourth place with a jump of 5.33m, and Nneka Ogwu finished 10th with a jump of 4.93m.
  • Senior Jennifer McAvoy finished second in the triple jump with a jump of 11.02m.
  • In the pole vault, junior Justine Dutton had the second-best jump of the meet with a 3.30m vault.
  • The Rams placed three athletes in the top 10 of the high jump. Leading the way was junior Megan Simpson, who recorded a personal record of 1.60m to finish third. Sophomore Amani Harper finished in fourth with a jump of 1.45, while Ogwu placed sixth with a jump of 1.40 (personal record).  

"I was very proud of everyone's effort today. This meet knocked the rust off some of our athletes. We did have a few technical flaws and mental mistakes, but I can expect that since we were coming off of a three week break.
- VCU Head Track and Field Coach Jon Riley

The Rams continue the indoor season at the Navy Quad in Annapolis, Md. on Jan. 12.

The time also qualified for the ECAC event.

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