Richmond, Va. – (May 7, 2022) – The 2022 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships kicked off Saturday at SportsBackers Stadium in Richmond, Va.
After the end of the day one and seven events, Massachusetts leads the women’s team with 56.5 points. Rhode Island is second with 38.5 points, followed by George Mason (38), VCU (28), Fordham (21), George Washington (18), Dayton (17.5), La Salle (16), Duquesne (11 ,5), Davidson (9), Richmond (8), Saint Joseph (8) and Saint Louis (3).
Fordham immediately walked through the gates in the first field events, scoring in the hammer throw and long jump events. Tiffany Hanna started things off by scoring seventh in the hammer with a school-record throw of 169’0″, while his teammate Casey Metzler placed 15and with a distance of 141′ 11″.
Catherine Kelly then added another big point to her already stellar Fordham career – Atlantic 10 champion. After taking silver in the indoor championship, she clinched gold on Saturday in the long jump with a winning mark of 19 ‘ 11 ¾”, beating Richmond’s Kayla Woods by just a quarter of an inch for the event title. She is Fordham’s first Atlantic 10 event champion since 2010, when Kerri Gallagher (800m) and Brigid Moriarty (10km) won gold.
The other finals played on Saturday, where Fordham found the score column, were the 3,000 meters steeplechase and the 10,000 meters. First, Clodagh McGroary scored seventh in the steeplechase at 12:00.44, while in the 10,000 meters, Germaine Harbaugh narrowly missed the podium in fourth place in 36:29.14 with his teammate Caroline McDonagh taking seventh in 36:46.21.
For the other day one test events, Fordham qualified for two Sunday finals.
In the 100 meters, both Kyla’s Hill and Kelly made Sunday’s final, led by Hill, who qualified third in a school-record 11.82 seconds. Kelly qualified seventh in 12.05 seconds. Hill then made his second final on Sunday in the 200 meters, qualifying second in a school-record 24.28 seconds. Kelly finished 12and 200 meters in 25.24 seconds.
Fordham also had competitors in the 400 meters, 800 meters and 400 meters hurdles on Saturday.
Dominica Valentine was the best performer in the 400 meters in 24and up at 1:00.50, when Michele Day was 35and in 1:03.22. The saw at 800 meters Helen Connolly like the best Ram in 15and place at 2:19.83, followed by Jilli Jones in 16and (2:20.74), Mary Catherine Underwood in 17and (2:21.80), and Angelique Piccini in 34and (2:33.21). The final event was the 400 meter hurdles, where Molly Mulvaney took 15and overall in 1:08.53, while Sophia Crucs was 17and in 1:09.90.
The championship ends on Sunday with 15 finals per event.