FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team successfully defended their title after capturing the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship on Sunday at George Mason Stadium on the Patriots’ campus.
The Patriots, the 2015 A-10 title winners, finished with a total of 215 points and overcame a deficit after Day One to repeat as champions. Mason was led by gold medal performances in the 100 meters (Ayodeji Raymond), 200 meters (Bernard Freeman), 5,000 meters (Steven Flynn), triple jump (Raeshawn Bishop) and 4 x 100 relay.
The Rams, the leaders after Day One, finished second with 201 points. The Rams recorded first-place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles (John Stallworth), high jump (Jack Khars), and the discus throw and shot put (Sam Snyder). Snyder set a new A-10 record in the discus with a toss of 56.80 meters (186-4).
La Salle (67) and VCU (67) finished tied for third and Massachusetts (63) rounded out the top five. Saint Joseph’s finished sixth with 62 points and was followed by Saint Louis (58), Davidson (48), Fordham (42), Duquesne (32) and George Washington (3).
George Mason’s Bernard Freeman was honored as the Men’s Track Performer of the Year following first place performances in the 200 meters (21.39) and in the 4x100 relay and second place in the 100 meters (10.67) and the 4x400 relay.
George Mason’s Bishop was named the Men’s Field Performer of the Year after earning gold in the long jump (7.37 meters) and triple jump (15.0 meters),
La Salle’s Ben DeVenezia was named the Men’s Rookie of the Year after being part of the first-place 4x800 relay team and finishing second in the 800 meters (1:51.84)
Andrew Gerard of George Mason was named Coach of the Year.
Men’s Track Performer of the Year
Bernard Freeman, George Mason
Men’s Field Performer of the Year
Raeshawn Bishop, George Mason
Men’s Rookie of the Year
Ben DeVenezia, La Salle
Men’s Coach of the Year
Andrew Gerard, George Mason