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George Mason Captures #A10OTF Men's and Women's Championship Titles

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AMHERST, Mass. - The George Mason Patriots won both the Men’s and Women’s 2019 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship titles on Sunday at the UMass Track & Field Complex in Amherst, Mass.

The Women won with 159 points while VCU came in second with 126 points. UMass came in third with 104 followed by Rhode Island (93.5), Richmond (68), Dayton (61), Duquesne (56.5), La Salle (46.5), Fordham (46), Davidson (40), Saint Louis (37), George Washington (14) and Saint Joseph’s (6.5).

George Mason had five first-place finishers on day two of the championship. Taylor Williams won the 100-meter dash (11.94) and the 200-meter dash (24.45), and Sarah Moore won the 400-meter dash in 52.83 seconds and came in second in the 200 meters (24.46) and the 800 meters (2:05.11). Fellow Patriot KellyAnn Downer finished second in the 400 meters. Maggie Morgan put points on the board for Mason with a second place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:29.07), and Davina Lane was second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.09) The George Mason women’s team also had the top 4x100-meter relay with a time of 45.92 and the first-place 4x400-meter relay team with a time of 3:40.16.

VCU was led by A-10 Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer, Camora Sanders, who won the shot put with a conference record-breaking throw of 15.34 meters. Sanders also won the Discus (48.61) while her teammate Denise O’Rourke took second with a throw of 43.76. Aliyah Newman took second for the Rams in the triple-jump with a leap of 12.32 meters. VCU’s Chanelle Hodges had a third-place finish in the 200 meters in a time of 24.55, while Emily Mulhern and Kara Lyles added second-place finishes in the 5,000 meters (16:33.43) and 400-meter hurdles (59.81), respectively. Lyles also won Co-Women’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, along with Richmond’s Rebekah Green, who won the long jump on day one.

Rhode Island’s Lotte Black, the A-10 Women’s Most Outstanding Performer, finished first in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:24.32, and broke the conference record in the 800 meters for gold in a time of 2:04.32. Rhody teammate Kristina MacLure took first in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.13 seconds.

La Salle’s Grace Mancini won the women’s 5,000 meters in 16:25.90, and Massachusetts’ Jada Harris won the 100-meter hurdles in 13.94. Richmond had the top 4x800-meter relay team finishing in a time of 8:44.29, and SLU’s Katie Wissing won the triple jump with a leap of 12.49 meters. Massachusetts’ Bridget Deveau won the Heptathlon winning five of the seven events with a final score of 5179.

On the Men’s side, George Mason finished with 174.5 points while VCU came in second with 141 points. Rhode Island (128) was third followed by Massachusetts (96), Fordham (81.5), Saint Joseph’s (61), Saint Louis (57), La Salle (48), Duquesne (42), Davidson (24), and George Washington (4).

Rico Gomez, the A-10 Men’s Most Outstanding Performer, won the 400-meter dash and placed second in the 200-meter dash (21.43). Tyler Benson (47.10) and Evander Pierre (47.16) rounded out the podium finishes in the 400 meters behind Gomez. Mason's Jaylen Simmons took first in the shot put (17.45m) and second in the discus (49.86m) to win the A-10 Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer, and teammate Benjamin Viau was third in both events (16.66m in the Shot Put, 48.80m Discus). The Mason Men also came out on top in both the 4x100-meter relay (40.97) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:12.35).

VCU’s JeVon Waller was third in the 100-meter dash in 10.73 seconds, and Ian Davis was first in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.28 seconds while teammate Daiqwaun Faircloth took second in 14.55. The Rams swept the podium in the 400-meter hurdles with Emmanuel Waller coming in first at 51.63, Ian Davis in second at 52.67, and Daiqwaun Faircloth in third at 52.74. In the Field events, Bashir Idris won the triple jump with a leap of 14.89 meters and A-10 Men’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, VCU's Jaekob Vollbrecht won the discus with a toss of 49.89 meters and came in second in the shot put with a throw of 16.87 meters.

Fordham’s Brian Cook took home the gold in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:52.67 while Ryan Kutch won his second event of the weekend in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:25.10. The Fordham Men also won the 4x800-meter relay in a time of 14:25.10.

Duquesne’s Isaac Elliott won the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.12 seconds, and La Salle’s Anthony Hawthorne took the 800 meters in 1:51.21. Massachusetts’ Jonathan Collins was first in the Decathlon winning seven out of 10 events with a final score of 6670.

Mason head coach Andrew Gerard was named both the A-10 Women's Coach of the Year and the A-10 Men's Coach of the Year.

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