VCU Sets Multiple Personal Records at Day Two of Richmond’s Fred Hardy Invitational

MEET:  Fred Hardy Invitational (Richmond, Va. – Robins Stadium)

THE BASICS: The VCU Women's Track and Field program continued its 2013 outdoor season with the second day of the Fred Hardy Invitational at the University of Richmond.



  • Sophomore Amethyst Polk set a personal record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.23 seconds. She placed 13th in the race out 83 runners.
  • In the 400-meter race, sophomore Jazmine Wright set a season-best time of 58.09 seconds, finishing 14th, while freshman Verna Hilaire-Lee set a personal record with a time of 58.13 seconds.
  • Freshman Brianna Krumholz placed 10th in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:17.57.
  • In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Alexis Stroman finished sixth with a time of 14.78 seconds. Junior Nneka Ogwu ran a season-best time of 14.90 seconds, placing ninth.
  • VCU had two top finishing teams in the 4x100-meter relay race. VCU team A, which consists of sophomores Nicole Grasty, and Kiara Porter, Stroman and senior Dionna Hayes, finished second with a time of 46.32 seconds. VCU team B, who is made up of seniors Chantal Luedeke and Sherrie Timberlake, junior Sarah Fulgham and Peter finished fifth with a time of 48.00 seconds in fifth place.
  • The 4x400-meter relay team of Porter, junior Niaimani Aduma, Grasty and Polk won the race with a season-best time of 3:45.24.
  • Junior Megan Simpson placed third in the high jump with a outdoor personal record jump of 1.60-meters.
  • Classmate Justine Dutton placed ninth with a season-best pole vault of 3.40-meters. Her jump was .06-meters off of her personal record.
  • In the long jump, Aduma placed ninth with a leap of 5.16-meters.
  • Junior Jaleesa Williams won the women's discus throw with a score of 45.45-meters.
  • In the javelin throw, freshman Briana Ratchford set a personal record with a throw of 37.67-meters to place seventh. Senior Princess Bethea set a personal record as well with a score of 25.06-meters, she placed in 22nd.

"I was impressed with how well we competed today. We are seeing improvements from the sprints, jumps, throws and distance athletes. I am very excited to see where we will be in the weeks to come. We are off to a good start."
- Head Coach Jon Riley

The Rams travel to the Sunshine State next weekend for the Florida Relays from April 4-6.