Freshman Leads Mason in First Track and Field Meet of Year

Posted: January 9, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Freshman long jumper Allen Simms automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to highlight George Mason’s track and field season-opening Father Diamond Invitational at the Recreation Sports Complex.

Simms, the top-rated prep long jumper and triple jumper of 2000 according to Track and Field News, jumped a personal-best 26 feet, 2-1/4 inches to take first place in his first collegiate meet. This ties the mark for the third-best long jump in George Mason men’s track and field history, and shatters Simms’ previous personal-best mark of 24 feet, 9-3/4 inches.

Other top performances were turned in by junior Chris Baker, who was the top collegiate finisher and second overall in the 500-meter race with a time of 1 minute, 3.58 seconds, and sophomore Kevin Nishiyama, who was the top collegiate finisher and second overall in the 1,000-meter run in 2 minutes, 32.25 seconds.

Freshman Kimberly Morgan led a young Patriot women’s track and field team, placing first in both the 200-meter race (25.17 seconds) and in the long jump, with a leap of 18 feet, 9-1/4 inches. She was also fourth in the 60-meter dash in 7.78 seconds.

Both George Mason track and field teams return to action on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg.

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