Triumph and Disappointment in Mason Sports
Posted: May 31, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
George Mason senior Marc Kellman advanced to the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the second consecutive season after finishing third in the finals of the triple jump at the NCAA East Region Championships held Saturday at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, N.Y.
Kellman’s third-place leap of 15.64m was his second longest of the year, edging out the 15.63m mark he set to claim the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship. His second jump of 15.38m during the trials ranked eighth overall among at least 30 athletes. The top nine trial finishers advanced to the finals.
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships take place June 9-12 in Sacramento, Calif.
Meanwhile, in baseball, the Patriots team was in control for much of its game with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on Saturday. That changed in the late innings as the Rams were able to battle back and score the game-winning runs in the ninth to end the Patriots’ season as Mason fell to VCU 5-3 in the six-team double-elimination CAA Tournament at Wilmington, N.C.
The George Mason baseball team had overcome a nemesis on Friday to down the tournament’s host and no. 1 seed, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 9-7.
For the Patriots (35-19), the season was a success in the wins column but came up short of their yearly goal of winning the CAA Tournament. The Patriots last won the CAA crown in 1992.