The Patriots' track and field squads are in Princeton, N.J. this weekend for the ECAC/IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Princeton University from Friday through Sunday.
"We are sending a big crew to ECAC/IC4A this year - perhaps the biggest and most competitive in my time here,” head coach Andrew Gerard said.
Mason will have competitors from start to finish with junior Amanda Denger competing in the heptathlon beginning at noon on Friday. Several other Patriots are set to compete on opening day including senior John Holt in the men's 5,000m run, Michael Conway in the men's 10,000m run, Bethany Sachtleben in the women's 5,000m run and Michelle Wallerstedt in the women's discus.
Sprinters and hurdlers will begin competition with trials Saturday looking to qualify for Sunday's finals in their respective events. Entering the weekend senior Adrian Vaughn holds the 14spot amongst all qualifiers in the men's 200m dash with a time of 21.10. Vaughn will compete in the 200m dash trials Saturday evening along with freshman Bernard Freeman and sophomores Walter Mitchell and Da'Quan Smalls.
On the women's side, senior Daianna Barron enters the weekend in the 15th overall spot amongst all qualifiers in the women's 400m dash with a time of 54.06, fellow senior Dominique Graham will also compete in the 400m dash trails Saturday at noon.
Several event finals will be held on Friday as well. Denger will represent Mason in the women's javelin and Chantel Richardson will do the same in the women's long jump. The men's competition for pole vault and long jump will also be held on Saturday. Wes Sun is set to represent the Green and Gold in pole vault while Byron Sintim will compete in the long jump.
In addition to finals on the track, several field athletes will compete on Sunday led by Mandissa Marshall in the women's pole vault. Marshall heads into the weekend ranked second amongst all qualifiers with a height of 4.32m (14'2”).
This weekend also marks the last opportunity to qualify for the NCAA outdoor Preliminary round selections.
“The focus for us is largely going to be on improving our individual standings on the NCAA lists in advance of the Preliminary Round selections,” Gerard said. “That having been said, the ECAC/IC4A has always represented a great opportunity to simply compete since there is a tremendous depth of quality competitors in every event, so we're really excited to see where we measure up against some of the best athletes the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have to offer."
110m high hurdles