|2013 Track & Field Outlook|
The 2013 Mason men's track and field team will look to continue the success of past seasons after capturing its third-consecutive CAA title last year, sending numerous athletes to both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship meets and seeing one of its athletes run at the USA T&F Olympic Qualifying Meet.
In addition to the team championships, Head Coach Andrew Gerard was named the CAA Coach of the Year for the third season and assistant coach Ibigi Id-Deen was recognized as the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
will also be looking for big contributions from juniors Alex Ott and Michael
Conway. Both have seen significant CAA
and IC4A-level experience with numerous accolades on their resumes. After sitting atop the Mason squad at 3000m
and 5000m in 2011, both will set their sights on the NCAA in the 2013
season. Beyond that seniors Jason
Hartman and Sean Nestor both return from significant CAA scoring positions in
the Steeplechase and 10,000m in 2012 and will look to capitalize on that
success to propel them forward as well. Rounding out the senior class are Conor
Doan and Josh Schlickenmeyer, who are all coming off of strong 2012 campaigns
after setting personal-bests in their respective events and will be joined by
juniors Kieran Hennessy and Taylor Torino, sophomores Stuart Lampen-Crowell and
James Luehrs and freshman James Poyer with all looking to contribute to the
distance group this season.
junior, four sophomores, and two freshmen complete the middle distance group,
which includes Wil McReynolds, who is building on a successful sophomore
campaign, while sophomores Ryan McGreal, Tyler Oliver, and Colin Winchester
team up with freshman Steven Mitchell to make an impact on the track.
Patriots bringing their success into the 2012-2013 season are junior Adrian
Vaughn and senior John Jones. In 2012, Vaughn was the CAA champion in the 200m
in addition to helping the 4x100m relay to a conference title. He advanced to
the IC4A Championships and NCAA Championships Preliminary Round in the 200m,
running for a personal best 20.82 at NCAA's. Jones posted several personal best
times last season, and also qualified for the IC4A Indoor Championships in the
The 2013 Mason women's track team boasts a young roster, but Coach Gerard is
confident that the incoming talent combined with the upperclassmen experience
will prove to be tremendous, catapulting the team to the top of the CAA
Championships once again while also competing for titles at the individual and
Jasmine Robinson will add the fuel to the group, coupling last year's successes in Mason's 4x400m with her season-best 14.59 in the prelims of the 100m Hurdles at CAA's. Senior Kristin Bethel will look add strength in the hurdling group, as the 400m Hurdle specialist finished fifth at CAA's with a time of 1:02.52. Indoors, Bethel notched the third-best time in school history for the 600m with 1:37.67 while also competing at ECAC's in the 500m dash.
School record holder Taylor Wheaton recorded a 1:36.18 across 600 meters in 2011, and will eagerly aid in Mason's success in the intermediate hurdles after redshirting her 2012 campaign. Also fresh to the hurdling group is Sophomore transfer Shavon Briscoe, who comes to Fairfax from the University of Connecticut. She will fill gaps in both the short hurdles, the long hurdles, and the relays.
McGee had an outstanding 2012 while competing in the 200m and the 400m outdoors. She owned the top team time in both events, qualified for the ECAC Championships in both, and competed in the 400m at the Eastern Preliminary Round of the NCAA National Championships, just missing qualifying for the national meet by .02 seconds with a personal best time of 52.80. In addition to her personal success, McGee is a key contributor to the relays, helping the 4x400m relay to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships and the 4x100m relay to a second place finish at the CAA Championships.
Clark competed in the 100m and 200m during the outdoor season, owning the top team time in the 100m while also helping during the 4x100m relay to a second place finish at the conference meet. Indoors, she qualified for the ECAC Championships in both the 60m and the 200m, eventually finishing 12th in the 200m at the meet with a time of 24.97. Another key contributor to the relays is Barron, who during the outdoor season, helped the 4x400 to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships outdoors, and indoors, captured the ECAC Championship. Kiya Day is another upperclassman who will look to make her mark on Mason's success with the sprints group.
Oare bested all of her personal marks last season, setting those marks in the hammer throw and discus at the CAA Championships, finishing ninth in the hammerthrow (45.97m), and 20th in the discus (32.12m). Newman also improved on her personal marks during the 2012 season, competing in the hammer throw, shot put, and discus during the outdoor season and shot put and weight throw during the indoor season.