George Mason Captures 2017 Men's Indoor Track Championship
FAIRFAX, Va.—George Mason Men’s Track & Field team won its first-ever Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship Sunday, claiming the 2017 A-10 title with 214 points at the George Mason Fieldhouse.
The Mason program is the two-time defending A-10 champion in outdoor, but the conference indoor title had eluded the Patriots until Sunday’s victory.
Three-time defending champion Rhode Island finished in second place with 155.5 points, followed by Massachusetts in third place with 68.5 points. Saint Louis tallied 66 points for fourth place and Davidson had 65.5 points for fifth. Fordham, Saint Joseph’s, VCU, La Salle and George Washington rounded out the field.
Mason was spurred by first-place individual finishes in track events by Ayodeji Ryamond in the 60 meters, Bernard Freeman in the 200 meters, Evander Pierre 400 meters, Rico Gomez in the 500 meters, John Seals in the 60 meter hurdles. Seals won the heptathlon, and in In field events, Seals won gold in the high jump, while Raeshawn Bishop won the triple jump. The Patriots also won gold in the 4X400 meter relay and the distance medley relay. In total, Mason captured gold in eight events.
Seals was named Most Outstanding Male Field Performer for his efforts, while Mason freshman Tyler Benson was named Most Outstanding Rookie. Patriot coach Andrew Gerard won 2017 Coach of the Year honors. Davidson’s Will Brewster, who won the 5000 meters and finished second in the mile was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Saint Joseph’s Steve Thompson won the 800 meters and Rhody’s Alexander McGrainer took gold in the 1000 meters. Brian Cook of Fordham was the mile champion and his teammate Thomas Slattery won the 3000 meters. Rhode Island dominated the field events, winning the pole vault (Ryan Wilkes), shot put (Darrik Muroski) and long jump (Casey Burley).