|Charlotte Defends Men's Title; Shares Women's Crown A-10 Indoor Championships|
KINGSTON, R.I. - At the 2010 edition of the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships, Charlotte came away with the men's title for the third year in a row, while the women shared the conference crown with Dayton to secure a piece of the league title for a school record fifth-straight season. The men's team amassed 207 points, which included nine first place finishes, while the women accumulated 149 points and six first places.
Amanda Goetschius was named the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Track Performer for winning two individual titles, mile run and 3,000m, while also running the anchor leg of the championship DMR squad. She was joined in the awards ceremony by Tadarrin Phronebarger, who claimed the men's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer by claiming the 500m title and running the first leg of the championship winning 4x400m team.
The title for the men was the fourth in the last five years as it topped Rhode Island (129 points), which finished runner-up for the third-consecutive season.
Winning individual titles for the men's time were Isaac McReynolds (55H), Sam Jordan (55m), Darius Law (200m, 400m), Tadarrin Phronebarger (500m), Andre Conley (Triple Jump), Jake Deaton (Shot Put) as well as victories in the DMR and 4x400m relays.
McReynolds ran a 7.48 in the 55m hurdles final to finish ahead of teammate Korel Mack in second place and Derrick Eure in fifth place. In the 55m dash, Jordan's time of 6.40 was .01 second faster than second-place finisher, Demario House, and .13 faster than fifth-place finisher McReynolds.
In the 200m dash, Law defended his 2009 title by defeating teammate Jordan by .26 seconds with his time of 21.97. Law continued his success over to the 400m where he ran a 47.62, an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time, to win the event for the third-straight year.
Phronebarger defeated the 500m field by a quarter-second en route to his most outstanding rookie award. Andre Conley successfully defended his triple jump title by leaping a distance of 48'2, which is the eighth best mark in Charlotte history.
In the shot put, Jake Deaton tossed 55'10.5 to defeat the field by 4'0.75 to improve upon his second-place finish from last year.
Charlotte posted several other top performances in the field events including two runner-up titles, three third place finishes and one fourth place. Jake Wainwright took second in the long jump with a leap of 23'6.25, a personal record, while Macey Ruble claimed second in the pole vault by tying his personal record of 13'3.25.
Finishing behind Conley in the triple jump were Joshua Foster in third place with a distance of 45'11.25, a personal record, and Lee Evans in fourth place with 45'6.25. In the high jump, Charlotte placed two in the top-three as McReynolds and Wainwright both jumped to a height of 6'6.25. Senior Adu Dentamo added a third-place finish in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:27.89.
Coming away with individual titles for the women's squad were Sunita Brathwaite (55H), Chalonda Silver (55m), Amanda Goetschius (Mile, 3,000m) as well as the DMR and 4x400m relay squads picking up first-place finishes.
Brathwaite broke the school record in the 55 hurdles twice during the championship, once in the preliminary heat and once in the finals when she ran a 7.90 finishing just ahead of teammate Lanaire Lindo in second place.
In the 55m, Silver ran a blistering time of 7.01, the best Charlotte time of the season and the seventh-fastest time in Charlotte history. She finished ahead of teammates Sirrell Butler in second place and Ashley Bethune in fifth. Silver also took second place in the 200m with a time of 25.38.
Goetschius was dominant in her three events by winning the mile run by six seconds, which broke the school record in the event in 4:49.86. In the 3,000m, Goetschius finished in 9:38.17, a full 14 seconds ahead of second place and the A-10 meet record, which was the second-fastest time in Charlotte history behind All-American Cassie Ficken's time. Goetschius also ran in the championship winning DMR team, which set the A-10 record in the event on day one.
In the 400m dash, Charlotte placed three in the top-five as Yvonna Hines, Ebonie Cunningham and Cecily Young finished 3-4-5 in the race to rack up key points for the Niners. Placing in the 500m was Shanice Jones in third place and Olivia Brown in fifth.
Danielle Brown, the 2008 triple champion, nearly claimed her second inddor title placing second in the event with a top distance of 39'3.75.
On the women's side, Charlotte and Dayton split the championship for the first time in league history.
"Last year our margin of victory over Dayton's women was 37 points and this year we graduated almost 80 points yet still shared in the championship with the tied score. I'm proud we were able to accomplish this in what some would have thought a rebuilding year for us."
Charlotte now will compete in the Notre Dame and Virginia Tech Last Chance Qualifiers on March 5-6 in order to qualify for the NCAA Championship on March 12-13.
2010 A-10 Track and Field Awards