NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason’s Rico Gomez was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week while teammate Sarah Moore and Massachusetts’ Emily Cowan was named the Women’s Co-Performers of the Week. Also honored were Fordham’s Michael Petersen and George Mason’s Tyler Benson, who were named the Men’s Co- Rookies of the Week and George Mason’s Kyla Carte who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from Jan. 2-8.
Gomez began the 2017 season in impressive fashion, winning the 500-meter dash and anchoring the 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place finish at the Father Diamond Invitational Saturday at the George Mason Field House. The sophomore runner from Upper Marlboro, Md., ran a personal-best time of 1:03.82 in the 500 for the fastest time in the Atlantic 10 so far this season and the sixth fastest in the NCAA. He also ran the final leg of the 4x400-meter relay team, which won the race with a time of 3:19.27 - six seconds faster than the second-place team from Morgan State. The time of 3:19.27 is currently the fastest by any Atlantic 10 4x400 relay team this season.
Moore opened her sophomore season by winning the 500-meter dash for George Mason at the Father Diamond Invitational Saturday at the George Mason Field House. Moore, a runner from Silver Spring, Md., ran a personal-best time of 1:13.27, which ranks first in the conference and fourth in the NCAA this season.
Cowan, raced to the top spot in the 400m, qualifying for the New England and ECAC Championships with a time of 55.86 seconds and helping the Minutewomen take second in a field of 10 teams at the Dartmouth Relays. Her finish in the 400m ranks first in the A-10 and fifth at the national level. The sophomore from Maplewood, N.J., teamed up with Diamante Spencer, Lindsay Witt and Elizabeth Gulino to win the 4x200m relay, combining for a time of 1:43.36. Cowan then anchored the Minutewomen's 4x400m relay team that took third in 4 minutes, 43.36 seconds, joined by Lindsay Witt, Mary Lavery and Olivia Weir.
Peterson, a freshman from Toronto, Ontario, placed second in the men's 500 meter dash at the Wagner Invitational on Friday January 6th with an IC4A qualifying time of 1:04.58, the best finish by a Ram in the 500 meter dash this season and third best in the Atlantic 10.
Benson, a native of Warrenton, Va., began his collegiate career with a pair of strong finishes at the Father Diamond Invitational Saturday at the George Mason Field House. He helped the 4x400-meter relay team finish first and earlier took third among collegiate runners in the 500-meter dash. He ran the second leg as the 4x400 relay team won by six seconds with a time of 3:19.27, which is currently the best time in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season. His time of 1:03.88 in the 500 is currently the second-fastest time in the A-10 behind only teammate Rico Gomez.
Carte started her indoor track career with by winning the 1,000-meter run at the Father Diamond Invitational Saturday at the George Mason Field House. Carte, a freshman from Haymarket, Va., ran a personal-best time of 3:03.70 to post the top time in the Atlantic 10 so far this season.