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William & Mary's Natalie Baird

Track & Field Honors – April 16

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 04/16/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (April 16, 2013) – The CAA has announced track and field weekly honors for the week ending April 14. On the men’s side, William & Mary swept the awards as Bob Smutsky was named Track Athlete of the Week and Brian Waterfield was named Field Athlete of the Week. For the women, Shavon Briscoe of George Mason earned Track Athlete of the Week honors while Natalie Baird of William & Mary picked up Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Smutsky earned his first career Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award after posting a top 10 finish in the 200 meters at the Mason Spring Invitational. The Dillsburg, Pa., native recorded a time of 21.68, the fastest for a Tribe sprinter since 1993 and the fastest for a freshman since 1982. Smutsky’s time qualified him for the IC4A championship, becoming the first W&M sprinter to qualify for the event since 1985. He also qualified for the IC4A championship in the javelin throw becoming the first CAA athlete to have qualifying marks in both track and field events.

Waterfield collected Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors after placing fifth in the shot put at the Mason Spring Invitational. His longest throw of the day was 16.01m (52’6.5”), which was the longest throw recorded in the CAA this season and the ninth-best in school history. Waterfield’s throw qualified him for the IC4A championship for the second year in a row.

Briscoe picked up Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honors after finishing second in the 100 meter hurdles at the Mason Spring Invitational. Briscoe moved her name up the rankings on the all-time list at Mason, improving to second all-time after crossing the finish line in 13.52. Her time was also a personal best and was the fastest time in the CAA this season. The Brandywine, Md., native also set a personal best in the 400m hurdles, finishing in 1:03.40.

Baird was named Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after winning the discus at the Mason Spring Invitational. Baird won the event with a season best throw of 46.77m (206’0”), which was the top recorded throw in the CAA this season by nearly three feet. Her throw ranked just outside the NCAA regional cutoff.
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