George Mason Captures First A-10 Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship
AMHERST, Mass. – The George Mason University women’s team took home the 2014 Atlantic 10 Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Sunday, to earn their first A-10 Outdoor title.
George Mason overcame a Day One deficit thanks to gold medal performances from Bethany Sachtleben in the 5,000 meters (16:30.12), Shavon Briscoe in the 100 meter hurdles (13.74) and by the 4x400 relay team (3:40.56). George Mason finished with a total of 164 points after 22 events scored, while runner-up Duquesne finished with 137 points. VCU (110), Rhode Island (93.5) and Dayton (86.5) finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. Saint Louis and Massachusetts finished tied for sixth with 76 points, followed by Richmond (48), La Salle (28), Fordham (23) and Saint Joseph’s (16).
Mason coach Andrew Gerard was named Coach of the Year after leading the Patriots to the title.
VCU’s Kiara Porter and Jaleesa Williams were named the Women’s Track Performer of the Year and Field Performer of the Year, respectively. Porter finished first in the 200 meters (23.89) and the 400 meters (53.55) and was also a member of the 4x100 relay team that finished first with a time of 45.88. Williams took home the gold in both the Shot Put and the Discus while finishing second in the Hammer.
Heather MacLean of Massachusetts finished first in the 800 meters (2:09.26) and in the 4x800 relay (9:00.22) en route to being named the Rookie of the Year.
Women’s Track Performer of the Year
Kiara Porter, VCU
Women’s Field Performer of the Year
Jaleesa Williams, VCU
Women’s Rookie Performer of the Year
Heather MacLean, Massachusetts
Women’s Coach of the Year
Andrew Gerard, George Mason