Track & Field Honors – April 23
RICHMOND, Va. (April 23, 2013) – The CAA has announced track and field weekly honors for the week ending April 21. On the men’s side, William & Mary’s Alex McGrath and George Mason’s David Verburg were named Track Athletes of the Week, while Mason’s Wes Sun collected Field Athlete of the Week honors. For the women, the Tribe swept both awards as Emily Stites was tabbed Track Athlete of the Week and Nicole Dory was named Field Athlete of the Week.
McGrath earned his first Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award of the season after posting a lifetime best 13:55.37 in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. McGrath became the 10th man in school history to break the 14 minute barrier in the 5,000m and ranks ninth in school history. It is the top time in the CAA this season and ranks 10th in the NCAA East Region and 22nd nationally.
Verburg picked up Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors after two first-place finishes at the Baylor Michael Johnson Dr. Pepper Classic. Verburg ran a 21.19 to claim top honors in the 200 meters. The Lynchburg, Va., native also captured gold in the 400 meters with a time of 45.56, which is his top time in the event this season and the best in the CAA. Verburg also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay, helping his team to a third-place finish with a time of 3:12.37.
Sun collected Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors after capturing the gold in the pole vault at the Morgan State Legacy Meet. The Fairfax, Va., native won the event with his highest vault of the day of 4.92m (16-1.7). Sun’s vault is the highest recorded this season in the CAA and was his first IC4A qualifying mark of the season.
Stites picked up her first career Women’s Track Athlete of the Week award after running a 15:45.31 in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. She became the first Tribe athlete to break the 16 minute mark in the event, and broke the school record by 18 seconds. In addition to qualifying for the ECAC Championships, Stites also surpassed the automatic standard for both the USAF&F Senior and Junior Championships. Her time was the fifth-fastest ever by an American Junior (U20) athlete, and is the fastest time by a junior athlete in the world so far in 2013.Dory was named Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after recording a first and two second-place finishes at the New Captain’s Classic. Dory captured runner-up honors in the pole vault with a vault of 3.60m, which qualified her for the ECAC Championships. The Fort Worth, Texas native also took home second in the triple jump with a season-best jump of 11.48m (37-8). Her jump is 14th-best performance in school history. Dory also took to the track to help her team win the 4x100m relay with a time of 51.34.