Va. - The George Mason men's and women's cross country
team will race in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships this
Saturday, October 27th. The race will be held at the Eastern State
Course in Williamsburg, Va.
The men's last race was two weeks ago at the Blue
Ridge Open, where they took second place behind the efforts of senior Robert
Reynolds won the race with a time of 24:31.07.
For their last race before the championships, the women traveled to
Delaware where they took third place at the Blue and Gold Invitational.
"The CAA Championships is the first of our
string of three championship level meets. It's a big one for us both in terms
of our yearly goals and priorities throughout the whole season," commented
head coach Andrew Gerard.
Last year at the CAA Championships the men finished
second behind William and Mary, making it the third consecutive year Mason has
been runner-up in the championships. The women took seventh in last year's race.
"Our goal with the women is to build on last year's
finish and to continue progressing forward. For the men, as we have for
the last three years, our goal is to put ourselves in a position to contend for
the title and run our own race," reflected Gerard. "If both teams do that,
we'll be happy and will be able to use it to be a springboard into the NCAA
Regional Championships in two weeks."
As the CAA Championships approach, below is a recap
of what Mason has done throughout the season.
Alumni Open: The Patriots' first race of the season,
held on September 1st at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Va. The
men's race was a 5k while the women's was a two mile run.
Men: Finished fourth overall behind University of
Richmond, University of Maryland, and William and Mary. Mason was led by John
Holt who finished 19th overall with a time of 15:40.9.
Women: Also finished fourth and were led by Jennifer
and Mary Invitational: Race was held at Eastern State
Course, the site of the CAA Championships, on September 15th. This
race marked the first time the men ran in an 8k race this season, while the
women ran a 5k.
Men: Finished second overall behind William and Mary
with 48 points. The Patriots placed two runners in the top-5 with Holt's third
place finish and Reynolds fifth place finish.
Women: Finished fourth overall behind William and
Mary, University of Richmond and UNC Wilmington. Bethany Sachtleben's fifth
place finish was the solo top-10 finish for Mason.
Invitational: Marked the Patriots' lone home race of
the season. The race was held at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va. This race
marked the first time the women ran a 6k. The men ran an 8k.
Men: Finished second overall behind LaSalle. Mason
placed three runners in the top-10 with Alex Ott's fourth place finished
followed by John Holt in fifth and Robert Reynolds in seventh.
Women: Also finished second overall behind LaSalle.
Sachtleben led the Patriots with her third place finish.
Ridge Open: The men's last race before the CAA
Championships. The race was held in Boone, N.C. on the Don Kennedy Trails
course. Mason placed second overall just behind Wake Forest. In his first win
of the season Reynolds placed first with a time of 24.31.07. Everett Hackett
followed in third, followed by Alex Ott's sixth place finish.
and Gold Invitational: The women chose to travel to
Delaware for their last tune-up before the CAA Championships. They finished
third overall, Sachtleben led the Patriots for the third consecutive race with
her fourth place finish.