Gomez, Moore, Gray, and Rinella Named A-10 Indoor Track Performers of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason seniors Rico Gomez and Sarah Moore earned the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Track Performer of the Week accolades, respectively while Massachusetts junior Hunter Gray and Dayton sophomore Corey Rinella earned Field Performer of the Week awards, the league announced Tuesday. La Salle’s Chris Lewis and Saint Louis’ Myles Gascon shared Men’s Rookie of the Week , and George Mason’s Kelly-Ann Downer was the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards are for meets held Jan. 7-13.
Gomez was the top collegiate runner in the 500-meter dash, placing third with a time of 1:03.41 at the Great Dane Classic on Saturday in Staten Island, N.Y. He currently has the top time in the Atlantic 10 this season. Gomez, a native of Upper Marlboro, Md., also finished sixth in the 200-meter dash and the second collegiate runner to finish at a meet that featured numerous professional athletes. His time of 21.77 is the second-fastest in the A-10 this year.
Moore finished first in the 500-meter dash and helped the 4x400-meter relay team win gold at the Great Dane Classic on Saturday. Moore, a native of Silver Spring, Md., ran the fastest time in the A-10 this season with a time of 1:12.09 in the 500-meter dash, a time that is also ranked sixth in the nation so far this year. She also ran the second leg of the 4x400 as the Patriots won the race with a time of 3:44.62 - the fastest time in the A-10 this year.
Gray won the heptathlon at the Harvard Multi-Meet, taking first four with a score of 4,827 points, which improved his ranking to third all-time in the UMass record book. On day one, Gray scored 806 points in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.22 seconds, taking the runner-up spot to open the competition. He also placed second in long jump, with a leap of 22 feet, 5.75 inches, good for 778 points and picked up 528 points in shot put (seventh, 35'1.75"). He capped day one by winning high jump, clearing 6 feet, 1.5 inches for 687 points. On day two, the Littleton, Mass., native ran 8.71 seconds for the top time in 60 meter hurdles for 811 points, cleared 12 feet, 5.5 inches in pole vault for 562 points and was first to cross the finish in the 1,000-meter run at 3 minutes, 0.97 seconds for 655 points.
Rinella's second attempt in the long jump of 5.34 meters is her personal record (PR) and is also fifth-best all-time at Dayton for indoor long jump. It's .34 meters longer than her previous PR. She was competing against student-athletes from Kentucky, Ohio State, and Indiana, as well as competitors from Nike.
Lewis notched a win in his La Salle debut at the Brian Horowitz Invitational on Friday. He captured the 60-meter dash in 6.94 seconds, the fastest time among A-10 rookies thus far.
Gascon placed fifth in the 60 meters at the Illini Open with a school-record time of 6.94 meters and is now tied for the third fastest time in the conference this season.
Downer helped the 4x400-meter relay team finish first and she took second in the 400-meter dash at the Great Dane Classic on Saturday in Staten Island, N.Y. She ran the third leg of the 4x400, helping the Patriots win in a time of 3:44.62, which is the fastest time in the A-10 this season. The Kingston, Jamaica, native also took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.82, which is the second fastest time in the A-10 this year.