Mason Sports Roundup
Posted: June 30, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
It’s been nearly a month since the George Mason baseball season ended, but the accolades are still coming in for the Patriots. The American Baseball Coaches Association released its All-East Region teams, and three players were honored as the best players in the area. Senior pitcher Stacen Gant and senior outfielder Matt Cooksey were each chosen to the All-East first team, while junior catcher Robby Jacobsen was selected to the second team.
And just days after receiving an honor for athletic achievement and weeks after being selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Chris Looze received one final honor from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The George Mason first baseman was named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Baseball. Looze had already been named 2005 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic Player of the Year in baseball and first-team Academic All-American. Looze, a biology major, finished his Mason career with a 3.93 GPA.
Looze is currently playing for the Pulaski Blue Jays of the Appalachian League, an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
George Mason finished 14th in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee official ranking for the spring, one notch lower than last season. Mason’s ranks 199th overall in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings released June 5. The Patriots are 200th in the latest Golfstat listings. Rankings are based on head-to-head competitions throughout the season. Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat rate Mason 11th and 13th respectively in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Individually, the team was led by Juniors Mike Cavanagh and Mike Kirby. Cavanagh, a business major, was named to the CAA Second Team All-CAA. He led the team in six tournaments and finished the season with the second best stroke average on the team with 74.84 strokes per round. During the fall, he led the team in scoring, averaging 72.0 strokes. He placed in the top 20 in six tournaments, including four in the fall.
Kirby, a double major in business and information technology, led the Patriots with a career-best 74.7 stroke average. He improved his average from 76.7 strokes in the fall to 74.0 for the spring. His best finish was a tie for third at the Winthrop Invitational (Mar. 14-15). He tied for 8th in the CAA Championship.
Men’s Track and Field
George Mason senior Marc Kellman was chosen this week as the 2005 CAA Co-Athlete of the Year in men’s track and field by a vote of the league’s six head coaches. He shares the award with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Davion Lambert.
Kellman, a communication major, was one of 12 finalists in the triple jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships after posting a leap of 15.82m in the preliminaries. He also finished third in the triple jump (15.64m) at the NCAA East Regional and placed second at the IC4A Championships with a personal-best jump of 15.83m.
At the CAA Championship, Kellman won the triple jump, finished second in the long jump (7.32m) and was fifth in the 200 meters. During the 2005 indoor track season, Kellman earned All-America honors after a fifth-place indoor personal-best performance of 16.21m in the triple jump.
Women’s Track and Field
George Mason University track and field freshman Fiana York was chosen as the 2005 CAA women’s track and field Rookie of the Year in a vote by the league’s seven head coaches.
York had a brilliant season in her first year with the Patriots, running five of the top six fastest times in 2005 in both the outdoor and indoor seasons. She was the CAA outdoor champion in the 800 meters, posting a personal-best performance of 2:13.02. She later finished 16th at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in the 800 with a time of 2:14.09 and qualified for the NCAA East Regionals in the event.
York was a member of two of Mason’s fastest relays teams this season, including the 4x400m relay squad that finished second at the CAA Championships and the 1600m sprint medley relay at the Texas Relays. She also anchored the Patriots’ 4x800m relay team at the prestigious Penn Relays. Running during the indoor season, York claimed the 800m title at the Patriot Winter Games meet with an indoor personal best of 2:10.00. She also ran the 1000m race and was a member of the indoor 4×800 and distance medley relay teams.