SALUTE TO CHAMPIONS: Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Twice a week this summer, Atlantic10.com will feature a sport-by-sport look back at the 2014-15 season and championships. Check back each week for a review of each sport. Today's look back: Women's Outdoor Track & Field.
The George Mason Women’s Track & Field team successfully defended its outdoor title winning the 2015 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship with 176 points at George Mason Stadium. VCU finished second with 136 points and was followed by Dayton in third with 92 points. Rounding out the top five was Massachusetts (76.5) in fourth and Duquesne and Richmond each tied with 72. Rhode Island was seventh with 62 points and was followed by Saint Louis (55.5), Saint Joseph’s (35), Davidson (31), La Salle (27), Fordham (19) and George Washington (4).
Mason extended their day one lead following gold medal performances in the 100 meter hurdles (Shavon Briscoe), triple jump (Nhautrey Brown), high jump (Talisha Watts) and the discus (Michelle Wallerstedt).
Runner-up VCU was led by winning performances in the 4x100 relay, the 4x400 relay, 100 meters (Qualitra Brown) and the 200 and 400 meters (Kiara Porter).
Davidson’s Erin Osment was honored as the Track Performer of the Year after finishing first in both the women’s 5,000 (16:32.86) and 10,000 meters (34:36.74).
George Mason’s Amanda Denger was named the Field Performer of the Year. Denger finished first in the javelin (41.84 meters) and the heptathlon (5,170 points).
Erin Reese of Dayton collected Rookie of the Year honors after finishing second in the women’s shot put (13.41 meters), second in the hammer (50.65 meters) and third in the discus (42.33 meters).
George Mason’s Andrew Gerard was honored as Coach of the Year.
After the championship, the league announced the Academic All-Conference team, consisting of Dayton's Mary List, Rebecca Maj and Chelsea VanHook, Duquesne's Sherie Key and Valerie Palermo, George Mason's Amanda Denger and Heather Selheimer, Massachusetts' Rachel Hilliard, Saint Louis' Annika Gomell and VCU's Kiara Porter.
Eleven Atlantic 10 Schools were represented at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championships held at the University of North Florida (East Region) and the University of Texas (West Region). George Mason led the way 14 combined men's and women's entries.
Davidson's Emily Osment and VCU's Kiara Porter advanced to the NCAA Championships held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Osment recorded a time 34:14.25 en route to a 14th place finish in the 10,000 meters. Osment's time set a new Davidson school record. Porter closed out her decorated collegeiate career with her second consecutive First Team All-American honor after finishing 8th with a time of 52.65 in the 400 meter finals.
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