Nile McNair, Contributing Writer
Women’s Track and Field dominated the competition at George Mason’s 2019 Patriot Games Jan. 25-26, leaving with several first-place finishes. The Men’s team only participated on the second day, ending the day with strong group and individual performances.
Sophomore multi-event athlete Courtney Higgins had an impressive performance, finishing first in two runnings.
Higgins finished first place in the long jump with distance of 5.44 meters. She also finished in first place in the 800-meter run with a 2:29:27 time.
Senior multi-event athlete LeClare Beres was Friday’s other standout Ram for the women’s team. Beres had three top-five finishes: 60-meter hurdle, shot put and high jump.
VCU had both first and second place finishes in the 60-meter dash. Junior sprinter Alexis Willis finished first with a time of 7.90, and teammate senior sprinter Latrice Morris finished right behind her with a time of 7.91.
Mid-distance runners Nichelle Scott and Ashley Greenlee added to the first place finishes on Saturday. Scott was first in the 500-meter dash, while Greenlee was first in the 400.
Junior hurdler Ian Davis secured the only first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdle.
The Rams finished fourth in the 4-x-400 meter relay as Davis, freshman hurdler Sebastian Evans, freshman multi-event athlete Mykalee Atkins and junior mid-distance runner Matthew Pittman led VCU to a time of 3:28.87.
Two Rams finished in the top three for different events. Sophomore high jumper Xyan Xrichardson placed third in the high jump, while Chukwuezugo Aguolus finished third in the 200-meter dash.
Track and Field will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia Feb. 2 for the Liberty Flames Invite.