CAA Track & Field Championships Day One
FAIRFAX, Va. (May 4, 2012) - A pair of CAA records fell on day one of the Virginia 529 CAA Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships on Friday at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va.
Two-time defending champion George Mason is on top after the first day of the men's competition with 71 points, while William & Mary is close behind with 62 points. UNCW is in third place with 41.5 points, followed by Northeastern (36.5 points), VCU (13 points) and Georgia State (4 points).
After Day 1 of the women's team competition, James Madison is in first place with 45 points, followed by Towson with 29 points. William & Mary sits in third place with 26.50, while Northeastern is fourth with 26 points. Georgia State is fifth (25 points), followed by George Mason (24.5), VCU (22), Delaware (19) and UNCW rounded out the action with (17 points).
Highlighting Friday's action was a record-setting performance in the javelin by William & Mary senior Brandon Heroux, who turned in a throw of 71.34m to break his own previous CAA mark of 69.37m set in 2011. The CAA title in the javelin was the fourth straight for Heroux, who became the first man in CAA history to win four consecutive javelin titles.
George Mason senior Lavell Handy repeated as long jump champion, with a leap of 7.85m, the best jump since 2001 at the CAA championship. Patriots' teammate, junior Patrick Dietrick took the pole vault with a height of 4.80m.
Northeastern sophomore Max Milder narrowly missed a new CAA record in the hammer throw, posting the second best mark ever at 59.15m.
The nightcap was dominated by William and Mary, as senior Alex McGrath took the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:24.92 and sophomore Josh Mercado-Reigh claimed the 10,000 meters in 30:50.25.
On the women's side, George Mason junior Mandissa Marshall set a new meet record in the pole vault with a height of 4.15m, breaking the previous mark of 4.0m set by Nicole Kazuba in 2009. Mason teammate, freshman Kelsey Reese, paced the javelin with a throw of 44.22m. James Madison's Marissa McDonald claimed top honors in the long jump with a leap of 6.03m.
Northeastern junior Julia Westover became the third straight Husky to win the hammer throw with a toss of 54.27m.
JMU junior Katie Harman began the night portion, taking the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:22.32, while William & Mary sophomore Elaina Balouris capped off day one earning the 10,000 meter title in 35:57.92.
The Virginia 529 CAA Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships continue at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the decathlon. Field events get underway at 10 a.m. and the track finals begin at 12:45 p.m.
Women's Team Standings Men's Team Standings
1. James Madison 45 1. George Mason 71
2. Towson 29 2. William & Mary 62
3. William & Mary 26.50 3. UNCW 41.50
4. Northeastern 26 4. Northeastern 36.50
5. Georgia State 25 5. VCU 13
6. George Mason 24.50 6. Georgia State 4
7. VCU 22
8. Delaware 19
9. UNCW 17