Track and Field Teams Successful at Prestigious Penn Relays

Posted: April 29, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in eight top-10 finishes at the 109th running of the prestigious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field over the weekend. The event drew 39,783 spectators—the fourth-largest crowd in the history of the Penn Relays—over a three-day period despite chilly and damp weather.

The Patriots found success in both the individual and relay events. The men were led by sophomore Richard Phillips with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in the NCAA regional qualifying time of 51.69 seconds. Senior Serge Bengono also finished in the top 10, placing seventh in the 100 meters in 10.62 seconds.

In the field events junior Wayne Wright posted a season-best and NCAA regional qualifying performance of 6 feet, 9.5 inches to finish runner-up in the Eastern Division of the men’s high jump. Sophomore Jonathan Martin placed third in the event with a season-best 6-foot, 8.25-inch mark.

Junior Kim Morgan led the women’s team in the field events, finishing ninth in the Eastern Division of the long jump with a season-best leap of 19 feet, 0.75 inches. Junior Corri Allen placed 17th in the event with an 18-foot, 3.25-inch performance.

In the relays, the men’s 4×400-meter team finished second in their preliminary heat in 3:09.92 and went on to place third in the IC4A Division final in a season-best and NCAA regional qualifying time of 3:09.26. The women’s 4×4 of freshman Alycia Williams, sophomore Sheena Davidson, junior Sheena Goss, and sophomore Tysha Colon was fourth in their heat in 3:48.12 and did not advance to the finals.

The women’s 4×800-meter relay won their heat in a season-best time of 8:59.00 and placed fifth overall, while their sprint medley relay finished 15th in 3:58.69. The men’s sprint medley placed 10th in 3:24.70.

The teams return to action this weekend as hosts of the Patriot Open on Saturday, May 3, at George Mason Stadium. The Patriots will also host the first-ever NCAA East Regional Track and Field Championships at George Mason Stadium on May 30-31.

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