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Klah, Bourdeau, Viau, Stallworth Named A-10 Track & Field Performers of the Week

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason senior Kornelius Klah and Saint Joseph’s senior Nathaniela Bourdeau were named A-10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Track Performers of the Week, respectively while Mason’s Benjamin Viau and Kiana Stallworth were named Men’s and Women’s Field Performers of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. George Mason freshmen Cason Gardner and Jessica McRae earned Rookie of the Week accolades. The awards are for meets held Dec. 31-Jan. 6.


Klah finished first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Father Diamond Invitational on Saturday in Fairfax, Va. His time of 8.06 is the best in the Atlantic 10 this season and moved him up to seventh all-time at Mason. He was also a part of the 4x800-meter relay team that finished second with a time of 8:03.14.


Bourdeau won the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 24.97, taking her heat by nearly two seconds and running the fastest 200-meter time in the A-10 this season. The performance marks Bourdeau's 15th individual win of her collegiate career and seventh in the 200m. The Hudson, Pa., native also placed second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.713. Bourdeau's time marks her second ECAC-qualifying performance of the season. Bourdeau earned 18 points for the Crimson and Gray - nearly a quarter of the Hawks' point total for the meet.


Viau set a school record in the weight throw at the season-opener for Mason with a toss of 17.6 meters (57 feet, 9 inches) to surpass the previous school record of 16.35 meters set by Kirk Nguyen in 2012. The mark is also currently the best in the A-10 this season. He also took sixth in the shot put, with the second-best throw in the A-10 this season - 15.34 meters (50 feet, 4 inches) and the fifth-longest throw in school history.


Stallworth finished second in the long jump at the season-opening Father Diamond Invitational. Her leap of 5.78 meters is the best in the Atlantic 10 this season. The sophomore from New Rochelle, N.Y., also finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.74, which is the fourth-best finish in the league this season.


Gardner finished second in the high jump at the Father Diamond Invitational on Saturday in his first collegiate meet. Gardner, a native of Mechanicsville, Va., cleared 2.07 meters for the ninth-highest leap in program history. It also stands as the best mark in the A-10 this season. Gardner also took fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.59 and 15th in the shot put with a throw of 11.16 meters.


McRae finished sixth and ninth in the shotput and discus, respectively, at the Father Diamond Invitational on Saturday. In the shot put, she unleashed a throw of 11.91 meters for the fourth-best throw in the A-10 this season. In the weight throw, she had a toss of 13.43 meters.

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