Duncan Leads Patriots at Mason Spring Invitational

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

Senior Kurt Duncan automatically qualifed for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter hurdles to lead the George Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams in their first home meet of the 2001 outdoor season–the Mason Spring Invitational.

Duncan was the top collegiate finisher and second overall in the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best 50.05 seconds. Entering the meet, he ranked seventh in the nation in this event as a provisional qualifier, but he will move up, as this performance is the third best by a collegian this season.

The men’s team opened the running events with a win in the 4×100 meter relay. The team finished in a season-best time of 40.61 seconds to qualify for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton University in two weeks. The Patriots continued their winning ways in individual events, with Allen Simms winning the long jump with a 25-foot, 63/4-inch leap.

The women’s team also had several outstanding performances, including capturing the win in four events. The women’s 4×400 meter relay team won the event in 3:53.88, and freshman LaToya Phillips won the triple jump with a career-best jump of 41 feet, 6 1/2 inches to qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships.

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