Lacey, Lewis, Sears, Burley, McCormick Earn Indoor Track and Field Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason’s Blaine Lacey was named Men’s Track Performer of the Week, while Ashley Lewis of George Mason and Sarah Sears of Davidson were named Women’s Co-Track Performer of the Week. Rhode Island’s Casey Burley and VCU’s Taylor McCormick earned Men’s and Women’s Field Performer of the Week. Anthony Misko of Fordham claimed Men’s Rookie of the Week honors, while Ivana Nyemeck of Massachusetts won Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from indoor meets held on Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
Lacey ran a time of 1:48.91 in the 800-meter run at the Scarlet & White Invitational on Saturday in Boston for the sixth-fastest time in program history. The junior from Chesapeake, Va., finished eighth in the race and fifth among collegiate runners in the race. His time currently ranks first in the A-10 and 13th nationally.
Lewis, competing in her hometown of Boston, Mass., ran a time of 2:06.69 – the second-fastest time in school history and fastest by a Patriot in 21 years, to finish second in the 800-meter run at the Scarlet & White Invitational on Saturday. Lewis’ time is the fastest in the Atlantic 10 this season by nearly six seconds and ranks 25th nationally.
For the second consecutive week, Sears broke the Davidson 3,000-meter record, stopping the clock in 9:20.92 as part of the Camel City Classic Elite 3k filled with professional runners. Competing on a flat track, her time converts to 9:16.16 and ranks 20th overall on the national performance list. The senior from Arlington, Va., placed 10th overall and was the 7th collegian in an elite field of competitors.
Burley, a senior from Warwick, N.Y., finished as the New England runner-up in the triple jump with a jump of 15.34m (50’4.00”), cracking the 50-foot barrier for the first time. The mark currently leads the conference by almost three feet. He also finished seventh in the long jump with a mark of 7.15m (23’5.50”). Burley currently leads the conference at 7.18m.
McCormick placed first in the triple jump among attached athletes at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational. The senior from Glen Allen, Va., set a new VCU school record with a 12.33m (40’5.50”) mark, which is also currently the top mark in the Atlantic 10. Her 12.33m mark passed the previous record (12.31m) that she set at last year’s Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship.
Misko, a freshman from Suffern, N.Y., turned in a strong performance in the 500-meter dash at the Metropolitan Championship. He finished fourth with a time of 1:05.50.
Nyemeck, a freshman from Quebec City, Quebec, won a New England title in the triple jump with a leap of 12.10m (39’8.75”) to capture the title. That mark is fifth all-time in program history and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 this season.