2019 Indoor Track & Field Championships Set to Begin Saturday
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The 2019 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place this weekend with several teams in position to compete for the men’s and women’s titles.
The championships will be held at Mason Fieldhouse and are hosted by George Mason University, beginning Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 am with the multi-events. The running events will begin at 2:00 pm. Sunday's events also start at 9:00 am.
Rhode Island will be in pursuit of its fifth consecutive A-10 title and sixth title in the last seven years. The Rams finished the 2018 championship with 204 points, almost 60 points ahead of second place. The Rams will be led in part by three performers that currently sit atop the A-10 in their respective events, senior Thomas Vadis (weight throw), senior Ryan Wilkes (pole vault), and junior Anthony Delasanta (400 meters). Rhode Island also has the top time in the distance medley relay. The Rams are coached by 10-time Coach of the Year, John Copeland.
George Mason, last year’s runner up on the men’s side, will look to challenge Rhode Island for this year’s title. The Patriots currently have four student-athletes leading events on the A-10 performance list. Seniors Rico Gomez (500 meters), Blaine Lacey (1,000 meters) and Kornelius Klah (60-meter hurdles) along with freshman Cason Gardner (high jump and heptathlon) lead the way for Mason.
Also in contention for the 2019 men’s title are Fordham, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s La Salle, Saint Louis, Davidson, and George Washington.
On the women’s side, VCU will look to claim its third straight championship title. The Rams are led by senior Camora Sanders, who sits atop the performance list in the shot put and the weight throw, and sophomore Aliyah Newman who leads the triple jump. The Rams are coached by 2018 Coach of the Year Jon Riley.
Also chasing the title is last year’s runner-up George Mason. The Patriots have four athletes sitting at the top of their respective events. Senior Sarah Moore (400 meters) and junior Ashley Lewis (800 meters) along with sophomores Autumn White (pole vault) and Kiana Stallworth (long jump) lead the way for the Patriots.
Vying for the women’s title along with George Mason and VCU are Richmond, Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis.
For complete coverage of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships including results and photos, visit championship central at atlantic10.com