Track Teams Have Top Four Finishes at ECAC/IC4A Championships
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Track Teams Have Top Four Finishes at ECAC/IC4A Championships

The George Mason men's and women's track and field teams both had top-four team finishes this weekend as the women finished third at the ECAC Championships while the men were fourth at the IC4A Championships. Each team was helped by first-place finishes as Grace Mavugara won the triple jump and Rachaunn Ruffin won the 200 meters, setting a new school record in the process.

"We're extremely pleased with the performance of both teams this weekend," said Andrew Gerard, Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "The women are bringing home a trophy for the second-straight season while the men did exceptionally well considering some of our top athletes were competing in other meets this weekend. It really shows the depth of the men's team and the progression of the women's team."

Mavugara paced the women's team to a third-place finish as the squad compiled 37.5 points. Connecticut won the meet with 96.5 points followed by Cornell, which had 52 points. On Sunday, Mavugara won the triple jump with a leap of 12.65 meters. She had been runner-up in the event last year.

Also scoring points for the women's team on Sunday were Daianna Barron , Mandissa Marshall and Crystal Clark. Barron was second in the 400 meters with a time of 54.95, Marshall was third in the pole vault, clearing 3.90 meters, and Clark was fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.53. On Saturday, Rochelle Sceats had finished second in the 5000 meters setting a new school record while Dominique Graham was seventh in the high jump.

Ruffin was the IC4A champion in the 200 meters when he crossed the line in 21.19 seconds. He broke the previous school record set by Patrick O'Connor in 1990 by just .01 seconds. Ruffin was one of four Patriots to score points as the team finished with 35.5 points. Connecticut won the event with a score of 73.5 points while Rutgers and Liberty tied for second with 46 points. Kevin Wilson, Parker Boudreau and Anthony LaMastro also scored points on Saturday. Wilson was fourth in the 500 meters in 1:02.60, Boudreau was fifth in the 1000 meters in 2:25.70 and LaMastro was sixth in the mile in 4:09.26. On Saturday, Everett Hackett had finished third in the 3000 meters, Dwight Webley was fourth in the long jump and Wes Sun was tied for sixth in the pole vault.

The indoor season concludes next weekend at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Chris Carrington will compete in the 800 meters. He has the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year in that event. Also competing will be the men's 4X400-meter relay team which earned All-American honors in that event last season. Lavell Handy will wait to see if he will compete in the triple jump as he currently stands 17th in that event.

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