Track and field competes in Colonial Relays

Jamik Alexander was part of the winning 4x200 relay team this weekend at the Colonial Relays



Jamik Alexander was part of the winning 4×200 relay team this weekend at the Colonial RelayTrack and field traveled down I-64 to Williamsburg over the weekend for the Colonial Relays on Friday and Saturday.

The men’s team had positive results from the relay squads on the final day of the Colonial Relays, with top-five finishes coming the 4×200-meter relay team as well as the 4×400-meter relay team. The strong display of talent pushed the Rams to place 15th out of 45 at the meet.

The 4×200-meter relay team was the first team to finish the event with a time of 1:26.93. Sophomores Jamik Alexander and Justin West and juniors Kareem Payne and Nicholas Buckingham competed in the relay.

VCU improved its 4×400-meter relay time, placing second with a season-best time of 3:11.25. Buckingham and juniors Bigal Harrison, Kahlil Shepard and Devon Thompson made up the relay — they currently hold the second-best in the Atlantic 10.

Freshman Ian Davis placed fifth out of 39 runners in the 110-meter hurdles with a mark of 15.05 seconds.

West finished in 22.34 seconds in the 200-meter dash, good for 10th out of 55 runners. Sophomore Lozie Goolsby broke his personal record in the same event with a time of 22.47 seconds.

The 4×100-meter women’s relay team earned first place with a time of 46.32 seconds. The time — posted by the combination of freshmen Alexis Willis and Dajae Goulet, sophomore Latrice Morris and senior De’Nisha Smith — is currently the number one Atlantic 10 time in the event.

Led by Willis, the sprint medley relay team came in second out of 30 teams with a total time of 4:00.30 over the 1,600-meter event. Willis was followed by Goulet and sophomores Ann Sheehy and Ashley Greenlee.

Freshman Christina Solomon and junior Amiaya Carey leaped to a mark of 1.65 meters in the high jump. The mark ties Carey’s personal record and is currently tied for first in the Atlantic 10.

Greenlee placed eighth out of 66 runners in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.87 seconds — a new personal record.

Freshman Ashley Brown posted a time of 2:14.21 in the 800-meter run, good for seventh best in the Atlantic 10.

Freshmen Delaney Savedge and Judith White posted top five A-10 times in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with Savedge finishing at 11:27.65 and White crossing the line just behind her at  11:28.76, respectively.

Senior Grace Giampietro pole vaulted to a mark of 2.80 meters, placing ninth in the event. Freshman Marian Osafo placed 28th in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 10.41 meters.

Junior Latasha Williams threw a mark of 11.99 meters in the shot put, placing seventh.

Freshman Samantha Yankson came in eighth in the hammer throw with a mark of 41.55 meters. Williams and junior Ashleigh Banks followed Yankson, placing 12th with 39.37 meters 15th with a mark of 37.05 meters, respectively.

The women’s team placed 17th overall out of 44 teams at the meet.

Next up, VCU will head north on Saturday, April 8 to compete in the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax.

Jessica Wetzler

Contributing Writer

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