NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason’s Nathan Schulte and Saint Joseph’s Nathaniela Bourdeau were named Men’s and Women’s Track Performers of the Week, while Ryan Riviere of Fordham and Danielle Notarfrancesco of Massachusetts were announced as the Men’s and Women’s Field Performers of the Week. George Mason’s Avory Ransome claimed Men’s Rookie of the Week, while GJaudy John-Wallace of George Mason and Jahmia Bridges-Butler of Dayton were named Women’s Co-Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from meets held on Jan. 1-7.
Schulte, a senior from Fairfax, Va., pieced together an outstanding first meet of the indoor season at the Father Diamond Invitational at George Mason on Saturday. He won the 1,000-meter run and was a member of the 4x800-meter relay and distance medley relay teams, which both finished first. In the 1,000-meter run, he took first with a time of 2:26.84, which is the fastest time in the Atlantic 10 this season. The 4x800-meter relay team won in a time of 7:36.36, which is also the fastest time in the A-10. He capped it off by helping the distance medley relay team win in a time of 10:42.80.
Bourdeau, a junior from Hudson, Pa., claimed the individual title and ECAC qualification in the 60-meter dash to lead Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the Wagner College Invitational. She matched her collegiate-best time in the 60-meter in 7.69 seconds, winning the event by .11 seconds. Bourdeau also cruised to a third-place finish in a field of 55 in her first 200-meter race of the season, crossing the finish line in 25.35 seconds. Her 60-meter time ranks second in the Atlantic 10, while her 200-meter time ranks fourth.
Riviere, a senior from Yorba Linda, Calif., finished third in the pole vault at the Wagner Invitational, clearing 4.45 meters (14’7.25”).
Notarfrancesco, a freshman from Jackson, N.J., enjoyed an impressive collegiate debut, by winning the shot put with a 14.31m (46’11.50”) throw at the Dartmouth Relays, helping the Minutewomen take second as a team in a field of eight. Her performance landed her second all-time in the UMass record book and qualified her for both the New England and ECAC Championships.
Ransome made an impressive debut by winning the shot put at the Father Diamond Invitational. The freshman from Pedricktown, N.J., finished first with a heave of 15.68m (51’5.50”) for the third-longest throw in indoor shot put in school history. He also placed 12th in the weight throw with a toss of 12.12m (39’9.25”).
George Mason sprinter, John-Wallace, won her first collegiate event, finishing first in the 60-meter dash at the season-opening Father Diamond Invitational on Saturday. The freshman from Uxbridge, Ontario, won the race with a time of 7.68, which is currently the fastest time in the Atlantic 10 this year.
Bridges-Butler, a freshman from Morgantown, W.Va., ran the third-fastest time in UD program history in the 60-meter high hurdles, taking third place in a time of 8.83 at the Ohio State Buckeye Classic. She took seventh place in the 60-meter dash.