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George Mason, UMass Lead A-10 Indoor Track & Field Championships After Day One

By Atlantic 10 Conference

FAIRFAX, Va.— The George Mason women’s team and the Massachusetts men’s team lead their respective fields after the first day at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the George Mason Fieldhouse. 

The men’s race is close, with UMass (35 points) leading by just one point over defending champion Rhode Island (34 points). Host George Mason scored 30 points and Saint Louis has 28 points. VCU rounds out the top five with 25 points.

The Minutemen got a win in the pole vault on Mason Lord’s 4.91 meter vault and added five more points to their total with a fifth-place finish by Jonathan Collins (4.35m) and an eight-place finish by Jack Perry (4.20m) in the pole vault. Evan Burton’s fourth-place finish in the weight throw (18.12m) scored points for UMass, as did sixth and seventh-place finishes in the long jump by Noah Kortkamp (6.73m) and Myles McDermott (6.70m). Dawson Bathgate (15:01.52 – fifth place and Michael Famiglietti (15:01.68 – sixth place) each scored for the Minutemen in the 5,000-meter run and the UMass distance medley relay (DMR) team place finished sixth with a time of 10:17.57. 

Fordham’s Ryan Kutch won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:41.44, and Saint Joseph’s DMR team (Jack Daly, Dylan Eddinger, Kris Edobi, John Walker) won the DMR with a time of 10:03.62. VCU’s Bashir Idris was the Long jump champion with a leap of 7.09 meters. Thomas Vadis of Rhode Island won the weight throw with a 19.21 meter toss.

Collins leads the heptathlon field with 2,977 with three events scheduled for Sunday.

Mason leads the women’s championship with 49.5 points, followed by defending champion VCU in second with 33 points. Dayton has 28 points, UMass 25 and Richmond finished day one with 23 points.

The Patriots won four of the top five spots, including first place, in the pole vault. Autumn White won the event with a 3.85 vault, followed by teammates Hannah Robertson in second (3.65 meters) and Victoria Burns tied for third place (3.50 meters.) Camryn Harris placed fifth with a 3.50 meter vault. Mason also won the long jump behind Kiana Stallworth’s leap of 5.90 meters. The Patriots other points came from a sixth-place finish in the weight throw by Jessica McRae (15.38 meters), a third-place finish in the DMR by the team of Ashley Lewis, Caitlin Kelly, Abigail Williams and Maggie Morgan (11:45.09). The final three points were scored by seventh and eighth place finishes in the 5,000-meter run by Siobhra O’Flaherty (17:07.87) and Khalilah Hamer (17:09.59).

VCU’s Emily Mulhern won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:35.28, while Richmond DMR team of Brooke Fazio, Maria Acosta, Rachel Helbling and Carolina Robelen too gold at 11:43.50. VCU’s Camora Sanders won the weight throw with a toss of 17.57 meters.

Massachusetts’ Bridget Deveau won the pentathlon with 3,869 points, wining the 60 meter hurdles and the 800 meter run. Duquesne’s Shannon Taub finished second, winning the pentathlon’s three field events

Many of Saturdays’ events were preliminaries, with the finals set for Sunday. Both the men’s and women’s championships will conclude Sunday. The first events begin at 9:00 am.

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