NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason’s Rico Gomez and Fordham’s Brian Cook were named Men’s Co-Track Performers of the Week, while Sharon Dorsey of George Mason was named Women’s Track Performer of the Week. Massachusetts’ teammates Jonathan Collins and Bridget Deveau earned Men’s and Women’s Field Performer of the Week. Rhode Island’s Childress Cannon claimed Men’s Rookie of the Week, while Danielle Notarfrancesco of Massachusetts won Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based
Gomez, a junior sprinter from Upper Marlboro, Md., had a strong weekend at the Navy Invitational on Saturday. He won the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.71. Gomez’s time is currently the fastest in the Atlantic 10 this season. He also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400-meter relay, which placed second in 3:14.59 for the fastest time in the A-10 this year.
After missing time due to injury/illness, Cook had a breakout performance at the Mike Massone Invitational on Friday. The senior from Pearl River, N.Y., won the 3,000-meter run in an IC4A qualifying time of 8:27.65.
Dorsey, a senior from Baltimore, Md., collected a pair of first-place finishes at the Navy Invitational on Saturday. She won the 500-meter dash in a time of 1:14.77 for the fastest time in the Atlantic 10 this season. Dorsey also led off the 4x100-meter relay team that finished first in 3:43.67 – the fastest time in the A-10 this year.
Collins captured the runner-up spot in the heptathlon at the Harvard Multi Meet with a new personal record of 4,823 points, good for third all-time in UMass history. The junior from Southwick, Mass. was aided by a win in the pole vault, clearing a height of 13 feet, 11.25 inches. His best performance of the day came in the shot put, where he won the event with a 44-foot, 8-inch throw. Collins placed fifth in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 0.5 inches and finished seventh in long jump with a jump of 20 feet, 8.50 inches.
Deveau took first at the Harvard Multi Meet in record-setting fashion last Friday, winning the pentathlon with a score of 3,820 points. The mark, a PR for the redshirt junior from Fall River, Nova Scotia, broke a 19-year old UMass record set in 1999. She won the shot put with a toss of 40-feet, 11.75 inches and took the top spot in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet, 9.75 inches.
Childress, a sophomore from Bridgeport, Mich., won the long jump at Harvard’s Beantown Challenge with a distance of 22 feet, 11.75 inches. He also scored in the 60-meter dash, running a time of 7.09 seconds.
Notarfrancesco surpassed Kelsey Crawford’s UMass shot put record with her first throw of the day on Saturday, which went 48 feet, 0.75 inches to win the event and improve upon her New England and ECAC qualifying marks. The freshman from Jackson, N.J., also scored points in the weight throw, where she claimed sixth with a toss of 50 feet, 5.25 inches.