EUGENE, Ore. – George Mason's Steven Flynn closed out a banner year with one final race on the national stage.
Flynn finished 23rd in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night at Hayward Field. The redshirt junior, competing in his first NCAA Championships, finished with a time of 14:28.08 despite battling a cold.
"Obviously it was a bit of a tough night," head coach Andrew Gerard said. "The combination of an aggressively paced race and him not being 100 percent showed up in the end result. But it was a tremendously successful year and a great learning experience getting here. I have no doubt he'll use this to move forward and we're already looking forward to next year."
The native of Edison, N.J., enjoyed a superb season, which started nearly 10 months ago. He collected three Atlantic 10 Conference championships, winning the cross country crown, taking first in the 3,000-meter run in indoor track and snagging the 5,000-meter title in outdoor last month at George Mason Stadium.
He also set the school record in the 5K with a time of 13:55.26 at the Raleigh Relays in March. Flynn qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing 10th at the NCAA East Preliminary Championship two weeks ago.
Stanford sophomore and Fairfax native Sean McGorty, the son of Mason assistant track coach Kevin McGorty, placed second in the 5,000 meters on Friday with a time of 13:26.10.