Three Individuals, Relay Team Excel at Patriot Open

Posted: May 6, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A total of 21 student athletes and two relay teams, including three individuals and a relay team from host George Mason, exceeded the NCAA Division I Regional track and field qualifying standards to highlight the performances at the 2003 Patriot Open Saturday at George Mason Stadium.

For the first time this season, the NCAA will hold four regional qualifying meets the weekend of May 30-31 to determine who advances to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, which will be held June 11-14 at California State University in Sacramento, Calif. George Mason will host the East Regional, joining Stanford, Nebraska, and Ohio State as host sites.

Junior Kim Morgan led the George Mason women as she placed second in the long jump with a season-best leap of 5.94 meters, tying Maryland’s Heather Houston, to surpass the regional standard. For the Patriot men, sophomore Richard Phillips was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.33 seconds and senior Kevin Nishiyama finished fifth in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 1:50.80. In addition, the men’s 4×100 meter relay team was second to East Carolina with a time of 40.53 seconds.

Morgan added a second season-best performance, placing sixth with a time of 24.47 seconds in the 200 meters, while senior NamTasha Joyner was eighth with a season-best time of 24.72. Other season bests for the Patriots came from junior Dana Early, who was ninth in the 800 meters in 2:15.59; sophomore Ryann Holmes, who was 11th in the 800 in 2:16.29; and freshman Jessica Cross, who was third in the discus at 37.91 meters and fourth in the shot put at 12.67 meters.

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