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Lacey, Lewis, Black, Viau, Newman Named A-10 Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason senior Blaine Lacey was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Track Performer of the Week while George Mason’s Ashley Lewis and Rhode Island’s Lotte Black shared Women’s Track Performer of the Week accolades, the league announced. George Mason sophomore Benjamin Viau and VCU sophomore Aliyah Newman won Men’s and Women’s Field Performer of the Week awards, respectively. George Mason freshman Cason Gardner and VCU freshman JeVon Waller shared Men’s Rookie of the Week accolades while Mason’s Annabelle Eastman was named Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards are for meets held Jan. 28 – Feb. 3.

Lacey placed fifth in the 800-meter run on Saturday at the Scarlet & White Invitational at Boston University. The native of Chesapeake, Va., ran a time of 1:49.93, which is the fastest time in the Atlantic 10 this year and ranks 31st in the nation. He also ran a leg on one of George Mason's 4x400-meter relay teams that finished 12th in 3:25.48.

Lewis posted the best times in the Atlantic 10 this season in two events on Saturday in her hometown of Boston. The junior finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.71, which is the fastest time in the A-10 and ranks 16th in the nation this year. She also anchored the 4x400-meter relay team that placed second in an A-10 best time of 3:40.22.

Lotte Black won the 1,000-meter run this past weekend at the New England Championship. Her time of 2:47.54 is a personal best, leads the A-10 and ranks 17th in the nation.

Viau broke his own school record in winning the weight throw at the Crimson Elite Invitational on Friday at Harvard. The thrower from Lititz, Pa., heaved a toss of 18.05 meters to finish first. It broke his previous school record of 17.60 meters, which he set in the season opener last month. It currently ranks as the second-best throw in the A-10 this year. He also placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 14.60 meters at the Scarlet & White Invitational on Saturday at Boston University.

Newman set a new VCU school record in the Triple Jump after posting a leap of 12.44 meters, which also earned her first place in the event. The jump ranks first in the A-10 for the season.

Gardner won the high jump at the Scarlet & White Invitational. The Mechanicsville, Va., native, won the event with a leap of 2.04 meters. He also finished seventh in the long jump with a mark of 6.69 meters the previous day at the Crimson Elite Invitational at Harvard.

Waller set a new personal best in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 22.08, earning a sixth-place finish. In addition, the Suffolk, Va., product set a new personal record in the 60-meter dash after finishing with a time of 6.88 to earn a second place finish in the event and a top-two ranking in the A-10.

Eastman placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run on Saturday at Boston. Eastman, who just arrived on campus from Hampton, Australia, posted the second-fastest time in the Atlantic 10 this year in 9:39.53. It also ranks as sixth-fastest time in program history.

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