NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason’s George Empty and VCU’s Ryan Coles have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Co-Performers of the Week for meets held April 14–20, the league announced Monday. Dayton’s Nicole Cargill was named the Atlantic 10 Women’s Performer of the Week. Also honored were La Salle’s Chris Sanders and Rhode Island’s Mahlik Handley, who were named the Men’s Co-Rookies of the Week, and VCU’s De’Nisha Smith, who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week.
Empty, a senior from Washington, D.C., set a new personal record in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 51.82 at this past weekend’s Michael Johnson Dr. Pepper Classic, hosted by Baylor University. Empty currently sits a top the A-10 leaderboard in the 400 meter hurdles.
Coles, a junior from New Kent, Va., recorded a first place finish in the Shot Put (57’ 6½”) along with third place finishes in both the Discus (164’) and Hammer Throw (159’ 6”) at this past weekend’s Legacy Invitational hosted by Morgan State. Coles set a new personal best in the Shot Put by nearly three feet and currently ranks 37th in the East Region.
Cargill, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, set a new school record and posted a Top 25 regional mark en route to victory this past weekend in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays. With a time of 10:20.88, Cargill currently ranks 18th in the East Region and first in the A-10 this season. Cargill’s previous best time in the event was 10:35.10.
Sanders, a freshman from Philadelphia, Pa., bested his conference leading time in the 800 meters with a mark of 1:50.66 at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Sanders finished 13th overall out of a field of 72 runners.
Handley, a freshman from Wakefield, R.I., increased his conference lead in the Hammer Throw with a mark of 187’ 5” at this past weekend’s UConn Invitational. Handley currently leads the A-10 by more than 16 feet in event.
Smith, a freshman from Richmond, Va., placed third in the 400 meter hurdles at the Kentucky Relays with a time of 1:01.86. Additionally, Smith was a part of the VCU 4x400 relay team that finished fourth with a time of 3:46.92.