Track and Field Athletes Earn CAA Honors

Posted: July 18, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s men’s and women’s track and field athletes recently won some top honors from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The awards are determined by a vote of the league’s head coaches and take into account the athletes’ accomplishments throughout the outdoor season, during which the CAA holds its championship meets in track and field.

Murielle Ahoure rewrote the Mason record books during her sophomore season, and the CAA honored her as the women’s track and field Co-CAA Athlete of the Year. She shares the award with UNC Wilmington’s Anna Raynor.

Ahoure excelled in both the 100- and 200-meter dash for the Patriots, qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both events. Ahoure won the NCAA East Regional Championship in the 100-meter dash and placed fourth in the 200-meter dash. She shattered the previous school record of 11.39 seconds in the 100-meter dash in the preliminary heats of the event at the regional meet, crossing the finish line in 11.28 seconds.

She captured the ECAC Championship in both the 100- and 200-meter dash on her way to being named the MVP of the meet. She was also named the Co-Most Outstanding Performer of the Track Events at the CAA Championships for the second straight season after defending her conference titles in both the 100- and 200-meter dash and setting new conference standards in both events. She anchored the 4×100-meter relay teams that finished second at the CAA Championships and fifth at the ECAC Championships.

In addition, her teammate Tiara Swindell was named the women’s track and field CAA Rookie of the Year. Swindell was one of only four freshmen to compete at the NCAA East Regional Championships in the 400-meter dash. She qualified for the ECAC Championships in both the 200- and 400-meter dash and was stellar at the CAA Championships in both events, capturing the title in the 400-meter dash and finishing third in the 200-meter dash.

She also ran on the 4×100-meter relay team that placed second at the CAA Championships, in addition to being a member of the team that placed fifth at the ECAC Championships.

On the men’s side, Mason’s Michael Pachella was named the CAA Rookie of the Year for his outstanding freshman season as a middle distance runner.

Pachella primarily focused on the 800-meter run for the Patriots, recording the team’s five fastest times in the event, including a personal best of 1:50.88 at the Patriot Open Invitational. He placed second in the event at the CAA Championships, crossing the finish line in 1:53.59. In addition to his second-place finish in the 800-meter run at the conference championship meet, Pachella ran on the 4×400-meter relay team that placed second at the meet.

Although he met the IC4A-qualifying standard in both the 800-meter run and the 4×800-meter relay, Pachella didn’t compete in the 800-meter run at the IC4A Championships, instead opting to run the 4×800-meter relay at the meet, teaming up with Anthony LaMastro, Ryan Davis and Kris Cruz to finish in fourth place with a time of 7:31.80, the team’s top time of the year. Pachella also recorded the team’s fastest time in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:52.66.

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