Ward Runs to 5th Place Finish at USA Championships in Sacramento

6/27/2014
 

Seventeen (17) Virginia members are scheduled to compete at this year's USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calf.  The event is being held at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State University. Competition began Wednesday with the men's and women's shot put being held on the front lawn of the California state capitol building and will conclude on Sunday.

 

Yesterday was the first day of action at the stadium and saw eight (8) Virginia athletes in action.  In the women's 10,000m Rachel Ward, 24, (Ragged Mountain Racing) of Charlottesville finished a very strong 5th place; running 32:48.78.   

 

In other action six athletes, including Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt, were successful in advancing from the 1st round to the semi-finals in their events.   Merritt, 27,  from Suffolk ran 45.19 to easily advance to tonight's 400m semi-final (click for post-race interview).  In the women's 400m Francena McCorory, 25, of Hampton and Kiara Porter, 20, from Yorktown both earned spots in tonight's semi-finals at 7:35pm PT.  Porter just completed her junior year at VCU.  In the 100m, Darrell Wesh (Blacksburg / Virginia Tech), 22,  advanced to the semifinals running 10.31.  He will compete tonight at 6:07pm PT.

 

In the women's 3000m steeplechase, Carmen Graves, 24, of Christiansburg ran a lifetime best of 9:47.27 to qualify for Saturday's final.  Graves is a 2013 graduate or Roanoke College where she competed in a wide range of events; including the sprints, long jump, triple jump, and hurdles.  Her best steeplechase at the end of 2013 was 10:59.02.  Earlier this year she won the steeple at both the Penn Relays and Sea Ray Relays and then lowered her best time to 9:55.97 at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville on June 7. Last night she further improved on that time by over eight seconds to qualify for Saturday's finals.

 

Below are the current results and the upcoming schedule for the Virginia athletes competing in Sacramento.

Place

Name

Event

Event Time#

City

Affiliation

Performance

Thursday

5

Rachel Ward

10000m

Complete

Charlottesville, VA

Ragged Mnt. Racing

32:49.450

23

Keith Ricks

100m*

Complete

Suffolk, VA

 

10.46

Advanced

Francena McCorory

400m*

Complete

Hampton, VA

adidas

51.64

Advanced

Kiara Porter

400m*

Complete

Yorktown, VA

VCU

52.71

Advanced

LaShawn Merritt

400m*

Complete

Suffolk, VA

Nike

45.19

Advanced

Darrell Wesh

100m*

Complete

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech

10.31

Advanced

Carmen Graves

3,000m SC*

Complete

Christiansburg, VA

 

9:47.28

NP

Jasia Richardson

Triple Jump

Complete

Richmond, VA

 

NM

Friday

 

Jernail Hayes

400m Hurdles*

4:00 PM

Petersburg, VA

 

 

 

Janice Keppler

Pole Vault

5:50 PM

Medina, NY

 

 

 

Darrell Wesh

400m*

6:07 PM

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech

 

 

Rex Parker

Triple Jump

6:10 PM

Haymarket, VA

 

 

 

Francena McCorory

400m*

7:35 PM

Hampton, VA

adidas

 

 

Kiara Porter

400m*

7:35 PM

Yorktown, VA

VCU

 

 

LaShawn Merritt

400m*

7:52 PM

Suffolk, VA

Nike

 

 

Sean Keveren

5000m

9:25 PM

Charlottesville, VA

 

 

Saturday

 

Charles Clark

200m*

11:20 AM

Virginia Beach, VA

 

 

 

Keith Ricks

200m*

11:20 AM

Suffolk, VA

 

 

 

Hoova Taylor

High Jump

11:45 AM

Tappahannock, VA

 

 

 

Vincent Wyatt

110m Hurdles*

11:50 AM

Roanoke, VA

Radford

 

 

Carmen Graves

3,000m SC*

1:56 PM

Christiansburg, VA

 

 

Sunday

 

Jaleesa Williams

Discus Throw

11:45 AM

Richmond, VA

VCU

 

* qualifying round                                                        #Pacific Time

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