George Mason Claims Men's and Women's Track and Field Titles
George Mason Men’s Track & Field Capture the 2015 A-10 Outdoor Title
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team captured the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship on Sunday with 190.5 points. Rhode Island finished second with 166.5 points. Duquesne (85), VCU (81) and Massachusetts (76.5) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Saint Joseph’s finished sixth with 75 points and was followed by La Salle (52), Davidson (43), Saint Louis (42), Fordham (40.5) and George Washington (3).
The Patriots overcame a deficit after day one following gold medal performances in the 4x100 relay, the 4x400 relay, the triple jump (Jim Tele), the high jump (John Seals), the 100 meter hurdles (Anthony Williams), 100 meters (Ayodeji Raymond) and 200 meters (Bernard Freeman).
Rhode Island, this year’s runner up and the leader after day one, recorded several second place finishes on day two including in the discus (Sam Snyder), the shot put (Sam Snyder), the high jump (Jack Khars), the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and the 110 meter hurldes (John Stallworth).
George Mason’s Bernard Freeman was honored as the Men’s Track Performer of the Year following first place performances in the 200 meters (21.25) and in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
VCU’s Brando Ruffin was named the Men’s Field Performer of the Year after earning gold in the shot put (17.78 meters), silver in the hammer throw (53.61 meters), and bronze in the discus (48.02).
John Seals of George Mason finished first in the high jump with a mark of 2.12 and was named the Men’s Rookie of the Year.
Andrew Gerard of George Mason was named Coach of the Year.
Massachusetts’ Benjamin Groleau set a new A-10 record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:48.43.
Men’s Track Performer of the Year
Bernard Freeman, George Mason
Men’s Field Performer of the Year
Brandon Ruffin, VCU
Men’s Rookie of the Year
John Seals, George Mason
Men’s Coach of the Year
Andrew Gerard, George Mason
George Mason Women’s Track & Field Repeats as A-10 Champions
Photo GalleryFAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason Women’s Track & Field team successfully defended its outdoor title as winning the 2015 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship with 176 points. VCU finished second with 136 points and was followed by Dayton in third with 92 points. Rounding out the top five was Massachusetts (76.5) in fourth and Duquesne and Richmond each tied with 72. Rhode Island was seventh with 62 points and was followed by Saint Louis (55.5), Saint Joseph’s (35), Davidson (31), La Salle (27), Fordham (19) and George Washington (4).
Mason extended their day one lead following gold medal performances in the 100 meter hurdles (Shavon Briscoe), triple jump (Nhautrey Brown), high jump (Talisha Watts) and the discus (Michelle Wallerstedt).
Runner-up VCU was led by winning performances in the 4x100 relay, the 4x400 relay, 100 meters (Qualitra Brown) and the 200 and 400 meters (Kiara Porter).
Davidson’s Erin Osment was honored as the Track Performer of the Year after finishing first in both the women’s 5,000 (16:32.86) and 10,000 meters (34:36.74).
George Mason’s Amanda Denger was named the Field Performer of the Year. Denger finished first in the javelin (41.84 meters) and the heptathlon (5,170 points).
Erin Reese of Dayton collected Rookie of the Year honors after finishing second in the women’s shot put (13.41 meters), second in the hammer (50.65 meters) and third in the discus (42.33 meters).
George Mason’s Andrew Gerard was honored as Coach of the Year.
Additional race winners included La Salle’s Morgan Szekely (1,500 meters), Heather MacLean of Massachusetts (800 meters), Duquesne’s Anna Simone (400 meter hurdles) and Richmond won the 4x800 relay.
Women’s Track Performer of the Year
Erin Osment, Davidson
Women’s Field Performer of the Year
Amanda Denger, George Mason
Women’s Rookie of the Year
Erin Reese, Dayton
Women’s Coach of the Year
Andrew Gerard, George Mason