First-Place Finishes Highlight Patriot Open Invitational

Posted: May 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s men’s and women’s track and field teams had a stellar afternoon in front of a home crowd at George Mason Stadium on Saturday in the final meet of the outdoor track and field season prior to championship competition.

Both the men’s and women’s teams finished first in four events on the day.

The men’s team finished first in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, while the women’s team placed first in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, the long jump and the triple jump.

Freshman Murielle Ahoure lowered her already impressive times in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash even further, winning both events. In the 100-meter dash, Ahoure posted the best time of her young career, crossing the finish line in 11.52 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, Ahoure set another personal record, finishing first with a time of 23.57 seconds. She has qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

Freshman Ryann Hendricks finished first in both the long jump and the triple jump, posting personal records for the outdoor season in both events. Hendricks leaped 5.66 meters to win the long jump. In the triple jump, Hendricks won the event by the slimmest of margins, jumping 12.14 meters, just .01 meters better than the second-place finisher. Hendricks will compete at the ECAC Championships next weekend in the triple jump.

Two seniors hit ECAC qualifying standards at the meet. Ashley Ackerley finished third in the discus throw behind two throwers from the University of Maryland. Ackerley’s throw of 43.50 meters is a new personal record, topping her previous high of 43.21 meters. Sheena Davidson finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.14 seconds.

On the men’s side, senior Sammy Sesay ran his two fastest times of the season in the 100-meter dash, finishing first in his preliminary heat with a time of 10.61 seconds and topping that mark when he finished first in the finals with a time of 10.57 seconds. Sesay will compete at the IC4A Championships next weekend.

Senior Richard Phillips finished first in two events, the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles. Phillips tied his fastest time of the season in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 21.47 seconds. In the 110-meter hurdles, Phillips finished in 13.75 seconds, beating teammate Brian Hay, who crossed the finish line in 14.49 seconds.

Phillips will compete at the IC4A Championships in both events and has qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in the 110-meter hurdles. Hay will join Phillips at the IC4A Championships in the 110-meter hurdles.

Rounding out the first-place finishers for the men was senior Michael Akindele, who finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.97 seconds.

The men’s team will compete in the IC4A Championships this weekend in Princeton, N.J., while the women’s team will compete at the ECAC Championships in Princeton.

The men’s team has qualified seven athletes in seven events for the IC4A Championships. Sesay qualified in the 100-meter dash, Phillips qualified in the 200-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles, Hay qualified in the 110-meter hurdles, freshman Steven Knight qualified in the 110-meter hurdles, senior Quentin Matthews qualified in the high jump, senior Marc Kellman qualified in the long jump and triple jump and junior Ryan McCoy qualified in the triple jump. The men’s team has also qualified for the championships in the 4×100-meter relay.

The women’s team has qualified five athletes in eight events for the ECAC Championships. Ahoure qualified in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, Davidson qualified in the 400-meter dash, freshman Brittanie Williams qualified in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump, Hendricks qualified in the triple jump and Ackerley qualified in the discus throw. The women’s team has also qualified for the championships in the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay.

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