NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The 2017 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, held at George Mason Fieldhouse and hosted by George Mason University, begin Saturday at 9:00 am with the multi-events. The running events will begin at 2:00 pm. Sunday’s event’s will also start at 9:00 am.
The Rhode Island Rams look for their fourth consecutive A-10 championship and sixth title in the last seven years. Rhody finished the 2016 championship with 188.66 points. The Rams are led by senior Alexander McGrainer who leads all A-10 teams in the 1000 meters and senior Ondrej Honka who sits in second atop the conference in pole vault, only behind sophomore teammate Ryan Wilkes. The defending champions also hold the top performances in the 200 meters, 1000 meters, 60 meter hurdles, the long jump, and the weight throw.
George Mason, last year’s runner up, will look to challenge Rhode Island for this year’s title. The Patriots currently have eight student-athletes leading events on the A-10 performance list. Seniors Steven Flynn (3000 meters) and Jimi Tele (triple jump) along with juniors Xavier King Jr. (400 meters), Nathan Schulte (800 meters), John Seals (high jump and heptathlon), and Jared Lewis (shot put), sophomores Rico Gomez (500m) and Kornelius Klah (60 meter hurdles).
Massachusetts and Saint Joseph’s, the third and fourth place finishers in the 2016 Indoor Track & Field Championships, are also poised to make a run at the title. The Minutemen are led by Junior Brian Gendron who holds the second top time in the 800 meters and Freshman Hunter Gray who is second in the conference standings in the heptathlon. The Hawks have five top five finishes amongst the A-10. They are led by senior Jimmy Daniels who currently ranks third in the 5000 meters.
Also in pursuit of this year’s men’s championship are Davidson, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle and Saint Louis.
On the women’s side, Massachusetts will look to defend its 2016 title, which was its first title since 1998. The Minutewomen are led by the 2016 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer Emilie Cowan who holds the lead in the A-10 in the 200 meters and 400 meters. Also on the rise is freshman Jada Harris, who currently is atop the 60 meter hurdles in the conference.
Right on UMass’ heels is last year’s runner up, Rhode Island. The Rams are in the top five in five events across the conference, with freshman Juleen Lewis leading the way in the long jump, and triple jump.
George Mason, who finished third in last year’s championship, leads the league in the 500 meters, pole vault, and the 4x400 relay. Sophomore Sarah Moore tops the 500 meters and junior Shelby Garnand holds first in the pole vault.
Vying for the women’s title along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island and George Mason is Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis and VCU.
The Indoor Track & Field Championships will be split over two days, with action starting at 9:00 am on Saturday. Complete coverage including live results and photos will be available online on Atlantic10.com.