Richmond Spiders wide receiver Ben Edwards, a York High graduate, was named a Preseason All-American in the Football Championship Subdivision by Beyond College Sports.
Edwards caught 80 passes for 852 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last season. He carried 16 times for 117 yards, returned nine punts for 99 yards and brought back a kickoff 36 yards.
Track and field:
William and Mary’s Emily Stites breezed to victory Thursday in the USA Track & Field Nationals’ junior women’s 5,000 meters in Des Moines, Iowa.
She finished in 16 minutes, 13.77 seconds for her second national crown of the year. She qualified for the Pan American Games. Hampton University’s Trey Holloway, from Chesapeake, finished second in the junior 110-meter hurdles in 13.78.
Mark McQueen resigned after six years as Richmond's head coach and 13 as an assistant.
McQueen was 156-161-4 as UR's head coach, and the Spiders were 31-24.
He and assistant Tag Montague had been indefinitely suspended May 18 for violating the athletic department's code of conduct. Montague returned to work this week.
Two sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that McQueen was involved in an altercation, which may have become physical, with a player as the Spiders were playing a series at Fordham on May 10-12. The disagreement apparently stemmed from the player being disciplined for alleged alcohol consumption on the trip to New York. Montague was aware of the violation of team rules, according to the sources, the Times-Dispatch reported.
Sophomore Kelsey Smither, redshirt freshman Megan Hept and freshman Emily Harting will represent Old Dominion at the 21-and-under nationals from Saturday to June 25 at ODU’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
Virginia sophomore Denny McCarthy received honorable mention on the Ping All-American team.