Track & Field Honors – April 9
RICHMOND, Va. (April 9, 2013) – The CAA has announced track and field weekly honors for the week ending April 7. On the men’s side, Northeastern’s Eric Jenkins and George Mason’s David Verburg were named the men’s Track Athletes of the Week while George Mason’s Travaughn Baker-Johnson collected men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors. For the women, Elaina Balouris of William & Mary received women’s Track Athlete of the Week honors, while Adrena May of James Madison and Jasmine Moser of George Mason were selected as women’s Field Athletes of the Week.
Jenkins picked up his first men’s track Athlete of the Week award of the season after placing first in the 1,500 meters at the Colonial Relays. Jenkins posted a CAA-best 3:45.44 to capture gold in the event and qualify for the New England Championships. His time is the 10th fastest in the nation so far this season.
Verburg, the 2012 CAA Male Athlete of the Year, picked up his second consecutive men’s Track Athlete of the Week award after finishing third in 400 meters at the competitive Florida Pepsi Relays. The Lynchburg, Va., native continued his hot pace in the outdoor season after posting a time of 45.76 in the event, which is the third-fastest time in the nation this season. Verburg also helped his 4x200m relay team finish sixth with a time of 1:24.20, and helped post a time of 41.01 in the 4x100 relay for 14th place.
Baker-Johnson earned his first men’s Field Athlete of the Week award of the season by placing second in the long jump at the Florida Pepsi Relays. He punched his ticket to the IC4A Meet with a distance of 7.27 meters (23’ 10 ¼”), the top jump in the CAA this season.
Balouris collected her second women’s track Athlete of the Week honor of the season after setting a new school record in the 5,000 meters at the Colonial Relays. Balouris posted a time of 16:03.43 to take second in the event, and bested the previous Tribe record by over a second. Balouris’ time leads the CAA this season by over 20 seconds, and ranks sixth in the NCAA East Region and 11th in the nation.
May earned her second women’s field Athlete of the Week award of the season while Moser picked up her first. May set a new school record in the hammer throw at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational with a distance of 50.52m (165’9), placing fourth in the event. Moser highlighted her weekend at the Colonial Relays with a second-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 3.96m (12’ 11 ¾”), which ranks second all-time in the Mason record books.