Meet: VCU Invite

Location: VCU's Sports Backers Stadium inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village

Results: Full Results - Click Here

The Short Story:
Behind victories in four events, the VCU women's track & field squad opened up its outdoor season with a strong showing at their home meet, the 2014 VCU Invite. The Rams finished second overall thanks to wins by Briana Ratchford (javelin), Ariel Briales (3000m steeplechase), Sarah Fulgham (long jump) and the 4x100 meter relay squad.

The Highlights:
  • Ratchford won the javelin for the second year in a row at the Ram Invite with a career throw of 132'7 to break her own school record by an inch and a half. The sophomore's throw was 18 feet better than second place and over 20 feet further than what she won the event with a year ago. 
  • Briales had a special day for the Rams in her first ever run of the 3000 meter steeplechase. Her winning time of 11:25.75 was within a half of a second of VCU's 11-year old school record. She was followed closely behind by classmate Emily Dyke, who took second in the event in her first running over the barriers. 
  • Fulgham captured gold in the long jump with the second best outdoor jump of her career with a distance of 18'6. The bronze in the event was award to teammate Carina Peter who jumped 17'11.75.
  • VCU sprinters had two really strong events between the 200 and 400 meter dashes. In the 200 Verna Hilaire-Lee, Amethyst Polk, and Nicole Grasty each took a scoring spot in the meet by taking the sixth through eighth spots. In the 400, Jessica Ewing led the way with a second place finish and ninth all time in school history with a time of 56.99. Close behind her was Imonia Anderson, Brianna Krummholz, Niaimani Aduma, and Polk who finished in fourth through seventh respectively. 
  • De'Nisha Smith began her assault on the VCU all-time list with her 3rd place showing in the 100 hurdles. Her time of 14.69 claimed the 9th spot ever for the Rams. 
  • Freshman Christina Solomon started out her outdoor season strong with a clearance of 5'5 in the high jump. The jump ranks her seventh all time in school history. Megan Simpson equaled her PR in the event clearing 5'3 for seventh place and Fulgham doubled back from the long jump to take the eighth spot.
  • Jazmine Wright also took home a bronze medal with time of 1:05.24 in the 400 Hurdles. 
  • VCU just missed a medal finish in the triple jump with Shakiya Sheppard taking home fourth place with a leap of 35'7.5. Fellow freshman Briana Crawley took seventh place in the event as well. 
  • Sophomores Jada Roberts and Julianne Gentry both made the final in the hammer throw both setting PRs in the process. Roberts ended in sixth with a throw of 125'3 and Gentry ninth with 117'.
  • Caitlin McNicholl just missed a scoring spot during her first-ever 5000 meter race on a track with her ninth place finish.
  • A pair of 4x1 relay teams for the Rams led the day when the took the top 2 spots in the event with both teams having top 10 all time performances. The first place team in a time of 46.25 was Alexis Stroman, Ewing, Grasty, and Kiara Porter. Just on their heels with a time of 46.81 was Smith, Hilaire-Lee, Qualitra Brown, and Carina Peter

Up Next

  • VCU stays in town to compete at Richmond's Fred Hardy Invitational on Saturday, March 29th