Hawthorne, Lewis, Black, Simmons and White Earn A-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performer of the Week Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – La Salle’s Anthony Hawthorne was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Outdoor 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 honors. Lewis’s Mason teammates Jaylen Simmons and Autumn White were named Men’s and Women’s Field performers of the week, respectively, and La Salle freshman Chris Lewis was named Men’s Rookie Performer of the Week while Mason’s Annabelle Eastman was named Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Tuesday, are for meets held March 25-31.
Hawthorne began his outdoor season with a strong performance in the 800 meters at the highly-competitive Florida Relays over the weekend. The junior from Niagara Falls, N.Y., competed against 60 of the nation's fastest 800-meter runners, placing 17th in the event with a time of 1:49.46. That's the fastest 800m time in the A-10 so far this year.
Ashley Lewis helped the Patriots win the sprint medley relay and she finished second in the 800-meter run at the Raleigh Relays this past weekend in Raleigh, N.C. Lewis, a junior from Boston, ran the 800-meter anchor leg of the sprint medley relay team as the Patriots finished in 3:47.84 for the fifth-fastest time in the country this season. Lewis also took second in the 800 with a time of 2:06.37, which is the fastest outdoor time in the Atlantic 10 this year.
Black shattered two school records - and her fifth total on the year - this past weekend at the North Carolina State Raleigh Relays. The Ambler, Pa. native ran the 1500 meters in 4:20.07, good for fifth place on day one of competition. Her time broke the school record previously held by Hayley Madsen (4:31.72) set in 2013. On Saturday, she finished in 2:08.08 in the 800 meters passing Amy Taylor's time of 2:09.29 set in 2000.
Simmons won the shot put and placed third in the discus at the Fred Hardy Invitational over the weekend at Richmond. The sophomore from Waynesboro, Va., set a personal record in the shot put with a toss of 17.22 meters, which is the longest throw in the Atlantic 10 this year. In the discus, he took third with a heave of 48.86 meters.
White finished third in the pole vault at the Raleigh Relays over the weekend in Raleigh, N.C. White, a junior from Forest, Va., cleared a personal-best mark of 3.85 meters, which ties for the best mark in the Atlantic 10 this season.
Chris Lewis won two events to pave the way for La Salle at the Fred Hardy Invitational over the weekend. He took the 100-meter dash title for the second straight meet, finishing in 10.78 seconds while also capturing the 200 meters with a time of 21.73. Both marks rank in the top-five in the A-10 thus far this season.
George Mason freshman Annabelle Eastman set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Raleigh Relays on Friday in Raleigh, N.C. The Melbourne, Australia native, finished 12th in 10:35.13, which is second in the Atlantic 10 this season.