Garner Qualifies for NCAA Regional at IC4A Championships; Patriots Finish Third

Posted: May 18, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Each time George Mason graduate sociology student Mike Garner ran the 200m dash this season, he finished the event at a faster pace than his previous attempt, cutting off ten-hundredths of a second with each race. His persistence finally paid off as Garner captured the 200m dash individual title in a personal best and NCAA East Regional qualifying time of 20.90 at the 129th Annual Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Princeton on Sunday.

Garner, who also added the 100m dash individual title at the IC4A Championships (10.52), ran the sixth fastest 200m time in school history and helped lead Mason to a third-place finish at the meet with a team score of 54 points. Rutgers University won the event with 76 points and Cornell University was second with 59.

Senior Ricardo Cunningham, a physical education major who ran a personal best time of 1:50.16 in Saturday’s 800m trials, clocked in at 1:49.25 in the finals for a third-place finish. Senior Marc Kellman, a communication major, continued his stellar season in the triple jump, completing the event in second place with a leap of 15.83m (51’11.25”). Kellman’s jump ranks seventh all-time in school history and eclipses his personal best by almost 5 inches.

George Mason will take a week off to prepare for the NCAA East Regional meet, which will be held May 27-28 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, N.Y.

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