Former Bulldog breaks Hokie track record

Published 9:39 pm Monday, January 25, 2010

Virginia Tech sophomore Keith Ricks (King’s Fork) shattered the school record in the 60-meter dash Saturday during an indoor meet in Blacksburg.

The old mark was 6.72 seconds and Ricks won Saturday’s race in 6.65 seconds. Ricks’ previous personal best had been 6.73. Ricks’ time was an NCAA Championships qualifying time. Going into this past weekend’s collegiate results, Ricks now has the second-fastest time in the nation this season. Ricks also finished third in the 200 meters at 21.49 seconds.

This past August, Ricks ran the 200 meters for the United States at the Junior Pan-American Championships in Trinidad and Tobago after finishing second in the U.S. Junior Championships earlier in the summer.

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Averett freshman Asaad Graham (Lakeland) was named Co-Defensive Rookie of the Year for the 2009 season at Averett’s annual awards banquet.

Graham, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound safety, played in six games for the Cougars, recording 11 tackles, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. The Cougars were 7-3 last season.

The Georgetown Lady Hoyas won their 16th straight game on Saturday in Washington, D.C., beating DePaul 74-65.

Freshman TaShauna “Sugar” Rodgers (King’s Fork) scored a team-high 18 points for Georgetown. Rodgers was 3-for-8 from three-point range and had five rebounds and four steals.

Rodgers is averaging 18.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She’s been elected Rookie of the Week in the Big East four times this season.

Georgetown (17-2, 6-0) is ranked No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press Poll. The Lady Hoyas play at Marquette Wednesday night.

Chowan defeated Elizabeth City State 86-60 on Saturday in Elizabeth City for the Hawks’ eighth straight win. Chowan (12-4, 8-2) leads the CIAA Western Division.

Mark Brown (Nansemond River) had a double-double for the Hawks with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jaleel Nelson (Lakeland) had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.