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Track and Field

Track & Field

Men's track runners place in Monument 10K

March 29, four former University of Richmond men's track and field athletes placed in the top ten in Collegiate Running Association's first 10-kilometer Road Race National Championship. CRA is a non-profit organization that hosts championship races in which any runner enrolled in at least one college course in the United States can compete for prize money.

Track & Field

Soccer and track cuts cause alumni donations to decrease

The number of alumni donors has decreased since the University of Richmond eliminated the men's varsity soccer and track programs, said Tom Gutenberger, vice president for advancement. About 914, or 10 percent of, donors who gave in 2011 did not donate in 2012, Gutenberger said. "We knew we would have a hit from soccer and track," Gutenberger said.

Track & Field

No reported injured Spiders from marathon explosions

A number of people with University of Richmond track and cross country connections were present either as runners or spectators during Monday's Boston Marathon, where two explosions near the finish line killed at least three and injured hundreds more. The exact number of people with Spider connections is not yet known, but no word of injuries has been reported as of yet, according to Jon Molz, assistant coach for the men's track and cross country programs.

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Men's track and field team compete in final home meet

The men's track and field team raced against the dying of the light Friday and Saturday in its final home meet as a program, the eighth annual Fred Hardy Invitational at Robins Stadium. In a meet of more than a dozen colleges and featuring many former Olympians, the Richmond men narrowly missed winning two events: the 3,000 meter and 4-x-800-meter relay.

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Student-athlete ratio likely to increase despite sports cuts

Although the University of Richmond made a decision in the fall to decrease the number of Division I athletic teams it sponsors, it did not adopt a fixed ratio of student-athletes, and the actual percentage of student-athletes is likely to change from year to year, President Edward Ayers wrote in an email to The Collegian last week. Soccer alumnus Scott Byrnes said that this statement contradicted what Ayers had said at the Save Our Sports forum held in September when soccer and track were being dropped and lacrosse was being added as a varsity sport. During the September forum, Ayers and other participants mentioned several times that 13 percent of each incoming class was made up of student-athletes. "The fact is that 13 as a percentage is a large number," Ayers said in September.

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Women's track wins four races at A-10 indoor championships

Imagine running a race, and just after you take off, an opponent spikes you in the back of the ankle, causing you to lose your stride and your heel to pop out of your shoe. Junior Alyson McGonigle and her teammates not only won this race, but helped set a record in it, despite having half a foot in her shoe. McGonigle, seniors Stephanie Paradis and Lydia Morton and sophomore Taylor Clevinger composed one of two successful Richmond women's track relay teams at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. McGonigle, Paradis, Morton and Clevinger ran the women's 4-x-800-meter relay in an A-10 record time of 9 minutes, 3.71 seconds on Saturday, beating the former record holder and the second-place Rhode Island team by about four seconds. And if McGonigle had run with both shoes fully on, the Spiders might have won by even more time. When McGonigle was stepped on, she said: "I was trying to get my shoe back on for the first two laps but was unable to, so I had to change my gait and try to just keep it on and keep running." As McGonigle passed her baton to Paradis, the Spiders relay team was in second place, just a few seconds behind the Rhode Island team. "I was able to come back a lot in my last lap," McGonigle said.

Track & Field

Bobby Ukrop resigns from Board of Trustees

Bobby Ukrop, one of Richmond's largest donors during the past several years, has resigned from the university's Board of Trustees, as first reported by Richmond BizSense. Ukrop, who graduated from UR in 1969, had served on the board for 13 nonconsecutive years before stepping down at the board meeting on Dec.

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Students protest reconfiguration at Board of Trustees luncheon

The University of Richmond board members were greeted Thursday on the third floor of the Tyler Haynes Commons by wraps, pasta salad, chips, brownies and about 50 students holding signs in support of reinstating the men's track and field and soccer programs. The Board of Trustees members, who made the decision in September to cut the two programs in favor of adding a men's lacrosse team, will meet again tomorrow, where board member Bobby Ukrop will present a case for the teams' reinstatement, said soccer alumnus Bret Myers. Track members originally decided to stage Thursday's protest when a source, who does not want his or her name shared, told the runners where and when the luncheon was taking place, said Kyle Ragan, a senior on the track team. Matthew Groff, a sophomore track member, thought the demonstration went better than expected, he said. "We didn't know how many people were going to come out," he said.

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Soccer alumni will fight on following press conference

The press conference hosted by University of Richmond soccer alumni on Friday presented a question of right and wrong, said men's soccer coach Leigh Cowlishaw. Maybe the answer will not be reinstating soccer and track, but the decision certainly needs to be scrutinized with all the facts presented, he said. Soccer alumnus Scott Byrnes, '91, led off his speech by acknowledging that people might have seen the amount of work that has gone into fighting the decision to cut the men's soccer and men's track and field teams as overkill.

Track & Field

Live Blog: Carry the Flag Press Conference

Computer dying so I'll end this now. Thanks for joining me, I'll provide a quick recap soon with any new information that may come. "You can put new people in their slots," Byrnes says in response to a comment about President Ayers and other board members. Byrnes answers my question about the Washington Post article released yesterday, saying it didn't include all the information he had hoped it would. "We're not gonna stop," Byrnes answers to a question from RTD. Byrnes now taking questions with two other soccer alumni, one of which is Jim Brady, '85. Byrnes finishes his speech, to a standing ovation, by pulling out a Richmond flag and saying, "Carry the Flag, boys." "I ask you to withhold your donations to the University of Richmond until the Board of Trustees makes this right." Byrnes now asking the board to reinstate the soccer and track programs as soon as possible. "You had an organized group of soccer alumni banging on your door to help, and you ignored us," Byrnes says, in spirit to Ayers. Byrnes says that if the soccer alumni had any idea the program was in jeopardy, they would've brought their arguments straight to the Board of Trustees before the decision was finalized, and the "lacrosse inner circle" couldn't afford that to happen. Major Donor refused to engage with soccer alumni because "it would be inappropriate" because he is a member of the Board of Trustees, Byrnes said. "Eliminating a men's sport will not be an option," Byrnes says, quoting an email about a conversation another soccer alumni had with VP of advancement Tom Gutenberger last summer. Neither Ayers or Miller here right now I don't believe.