Dickens, Yarbrough, McManus, Seals, Cook Earn Top Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rhode Island’s Maxwell Dickens and Davidson’s Caroline Yarbrough were named Men’s and Women’s Track Performers of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, while Greg McManus of Rhode Island and John Seals of George Mason were announced as the Men’s Co-Field Performers of the Week. Dayton’s Lillian Cook claimed Women’s Field Performer of the Week. George Mason’s Benjamin Viau and Saint Joseph’s Morgan Bower claimed Men’s and Women’s Rookie of the Week, respectively. The awards were based
Dickens ran a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles to win the Bryant Black and Gold Invitational on Saturday. The sophomore from Lumberton, N.J., opened his season with a time of 52.42 seconds which leads the conference and is sixth all-time in school history.
Yarbrough reset the program record in the 5,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays. The junior from Greensboro, N.C., stopped the clock in 16:20.70, over 12 seconds faster than the previous record set in 2015 by Davidson All-American Erin Osment. Yarbrough currently holds the best 5,000-meter mark in the conference by nearly 27 seconds.
McManus, a sophomore from Howell, N.J., opened his season in the javelin throw at the Bryant Black and Gold Invitational with five throws over 60 meters and a best of 65.43 meters (214’ 8”). The mark leads the conference by almost seven meters.
Seals posted the best marks in the Atlantic 10 this season in the 110-meter hurdles, high jump, and pole vault at the Raleigh Relays on Friday and Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. The junior from Springfield, Va., finished second in the pole vault with a leap of 4.90 meters (16’ 1.25”). He placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 14.54 seconds. In the high jump, he was eighth, clearing a mark of 2.00 meters (6’ 6.75”).
Cook, a sophomore from Seven Valleys, Pa., broke her own school record and won gold in the javelin at the N.C. State Raleigh Relays Saturday with her mark of 48.99 meters (160’ 9”), which is the best in the Atlantic 10 so far this season by nearly five meters. Her mark is also 10th-best in the NCAA East Region. She beat her own school record (47.84 meters), set as a freshman at the 2017 A-10 Championships to win gold, all-conference honors, and all-rookie honors.
Viau won the discus and shot put at the Fred Hardy Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Richmond. The thrower from Lititz, Pa., reached the qualifying mark in the discus for the IC4A Championships with a personal-best toss of 47.49 meters (155’ 10”). It is also the second-longest throw in the A-10 this season. In the shot put, he won with a heave of 14.90 meters (48’ 11”) for the third-longest mark in the A-10 this year.
Bower, who starred for the women’s soccer team in the fall, recorded a javelin throw of 41.73 meters (136’ 11”), good for first place in a field of seven. The mark broke the previous school record by over eight feet. The performance also met qualification for the 2018 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, to be held at Princeton in May.