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George Mason's Mandissa Marshall

Marshall Earns Top Women's T&F Award

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 06/28/2012
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RICHMOND, Va. (June 28, 2012) - George Mason junior Mandissa Marshall (Mountain Top, Pa.) was chosen as the 2012 CAA Female Athlete of the Year in track and field by a vote of the league's head coaches. Also receiving top track and field honors were VCU freshman Kiara Porter (Yorktown, Va.), who was selected as the CAA Rookie of the Year, and James Madison's Ta' Frias, who was voted CAA Coach of the Year.

Marshall captured the pole vault title at the CAA Championship for the second year in a row with a meet-record vault of 4.15 meters (13-7.25). The effort earned her Co-Most Outstanding Performer honors in the field events. Marshall went on to tie for first place at the NCAA East Region Qualifying competition with a jump of 4.10 meters (13-5.25), which earned her a berth in the NCAA Championship. Earlier this season, Marshall set a George Mason record in the pole vault by clearing 4.30 meters (14-1). She also captured the pole vault competition at the ECAC Outdoor Championship.

Porter was the CAA champion in the 400 meters with a school-record time of 53.24. She also was a member of the Rams' 4X100 relay team that captured a CAA title. Along with the two gold medals, Porter finished third in the 200 meters (24.16) at the conference championship and was part of VCU's 4X400 relay squad that placed second. She performed well at the NCAA East Region Qualifying competition, placing 15th in the 400m (53.28) and 18th in the 4X100 relay. Porter placed seventh in the 100 meters at the ECAC Outdoor Championship (11.89) and was fourth in the 400 meters at last week's USA Junior Outdoor Championships with a new school-record mark of 53.07.

Frias was selected as the CAA Coach of the Year in women's track and field for the first time after guiding James Madison to its first conference title. The Dukes scored 132 points to edge past VCU and Georgia State while capturing individual titles in six different events.

In addition to the 2012 major award winners in women's track and field, the following individuals and relay teams received All-CAA honors based on their performances at the CAA Championship.

2012 CAA Women's Track and Field All-Conference Honorees:

100m: Jordan Simmons (JMU), Maleena Reid (UNCW), Charlesha Lightbourne (GSU)
200m: Victoria Caruso (Delaware), Cierra McGee (Mason), Kiara Porter (VCU)
400m: Kiara Porter (VCU), Cierra McGee (Mason), Victoria Caruso (Delaware)
800m: Annie Reiner (JMU), Lindsay Prettyman (Delaware), Rebecca Boulay (UNCW)
1,500m: Katie Harman (JMU), Katharine Showalter (GSU), Katie Buenaga (W&M)
5,000m: Katie Harman (JMU), Stacey Nobles (JMU), Jess Cygan (W&M)
10,000m: Elaina Balouris (W&M), Katie Gorman (JMU), Katie Ogden (Towson)
100m hurdles: Tamara Moore (GSU), Latoya James (Delaware), Krista Mangum (UNCW)
400m hurdles: Tamara Moore (GSU), Leah Norman (GSU), Emily Wenger (Towson)
3,000m Steeplechase: Katharine Showalter (GSU), Erin Brennan (UNCW), Annie Scully (NU)
4x100m relay: VCU (Alexis Stroman, Kiara Porter, Jazlynn Finney, Dionna Hayes)
George Mason (Crystalyne Clark, Cierra McGee, Katea Jemmott, Aneesha Scott)
James Madison (Marissa McDonald, Jordan Simmons, Ashley Williams, Ciarra Morris)
4x400m relay: George Mason (Cierra McGee, Daianna Barron, Taylor Wheaton, Dominique Graham)
VCU (Jazlynn Finney, Amethyst Polk, Nicole Grasty, Kiara Porter)
Georgia State (Tatiana Colbert, Tamara Moore, Gabrielle Brooks, Charlesha Lightbourne)
High Jump: Danyelle Kent-Robinson (JMU), Dominique Graham (Mason), Chandra Harris (GSU)
Pole Vault: Mandissa Marshall (Mason), Jordan Daywalt (UNCW), Jillena Decarteret (NU)
Long Jump: Marissa McDonald (JMU), Nia Howard (NU), Gabrielle Brooks (GSU)
Triple Jump: Angelia Nugent (GSU), Chaneka Perry (VCU), Namatira Mavugara (Mason)
Shot Put: Jaleesa Williams (VCU), Alana Pantale (Delaware), Natalie Baird (W&M)
Discus: Jaleesa Williams (VCU), Natalie Baird (W&M), Jessica Williams (VCU)
Hammer: Julia Westover (NU), Shianna Smith (Towson), Jaleesa Williams (VCU)
Javelin: Kelsey Reese (Mason), Alexis Appezzato (Towson), Jillian Seamon (Delaware)
Heptathlon: Amanda Denger (Mason), Jennifer Monk (JMU), Jessica Cooke (Towson)