Mason In First at Menís Indoor Track & Field Championship After Day One

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

KINGSTON, R.I.—George Mason leads the 2015 Atlantic 10 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship after the first day with 57 points. Defending champion and host Rhode Island is in second place with 45 points. The two day event, which is being held at URI’s Mackal Fieldhouse, concludes Sunday.

VCU, which had a record-breaking performance by Brandon Ruffin, is in third place with 19 points. Davidson and Saint Joseph’s complete the top five teams with 17 points each to tie for fourth place.

George Mason picked up five top-three finishes Saturday, including a victory in the distance medley relay. The team of Logan Miller, Jordan May, Austin Savage and Steve Flynn combined to run the event in a time of 9:58.55. The Patriots also picked medaled in the 5000m (Michael Conway – 2nd/14:48.53), the pole vault (Sean Daugherty – 2nd/4.65m) and the long jump (Byron Sintim – 2nd/7.13m and John Seals – 3rd/6.84m).

Rhody won the long jump behind Casey Burley’s 7.13m leap. The Rams also won the pole vault on a 4.80m vault by Ondrej Honka and also picked up a third-place finish by William Thibault with a 4.65m vault. Mahlik Handley’s weight throw of 16.82m was good for second place and Rhody took the top two places in the heptathlon, Mike DiMambro was first with 2,897 points and Jacob Moran was second with 2,795 points.

Ruffin helped VCU earn third place by claiming gold in the weight throw with a record setting toss of 19.88m. That topped the previous mark of 19.77m set in 2000 by Edward Boes.

Saint Joseph’s Rad Gunzenhauser won the 5000m with a time of 14:43.17

Sunday’s events begin at 9:00 am with field and multi events. Running events begin at 11:00 am and the championship awards ceremony will take place at 3:30 pm.

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