Former George Mason Standout to Compete in Olympics

Posted: July 27, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Greg Haughton, a former George Mason track and field star, will compete in the upcoming 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He finished in first place last weekend at the Jamaican National Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter event to qualify for the Games, and he will also run in the 4×400 meter relay. It will be Haughton’s second Olympic experience after winning a bronze medal as a member of the Jamaican 4×400-meter relay team at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Haughton ran the 400 meters on Sunday in 44.98 seconds-0.28 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. He was a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) champion in the event during his two years at George Mason. His first national championship came in 1995 when he won the outdoor 400-meter event with a time of 44.62 seconds, and he won the 1996 indoor competition in 45.87 seconds. Overall, he earned eight All-American honors, and was a runner-up in NCAA competition four times.

Since graduating from George Mason, Haughton has continued to excel, earning his medal in the 1996 Olympics, and winning two gold medals in last year’s Pan-American Games where he won the 400-meter event in 44.59 seconds and the 4×400-meter relay in 2 minutes and 57.97 seconds. He was also a finalist in the 400-meter event at the World Championships last August.

Three other Patriots performed admirably at the Jamaican National Championships, but did not qualify for the Olympics. Current assistant coach and three-time All-American at George Mason, Mario Vernon-Watson placed second in the 800-meter event, missing the Olympics by 0.34 seconds. Rising senior Gareth Peters finished fourth in the same race. Ian Weakly, another George Mason two-time All-American placed third in the 400-meter hurdles, just 0.10 seconds behind the first-place finisher.

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