George Mason continues reign of CAA
Patriots blow away field, capture third consecutive league crown
FAIRFAX, Va. -- George Mason cruised to its third consecutive CAA championship on Saturday at George Mason Stadium.
The Patriots finished with 267 points, outpacing second place UNC-Wilmington (166 points). William & Mary finished third with 122 points, followed by Northeastern (117), VCU (102) and Georgia State (13).
Mason's Lavell Handy repeated as Most Outstanding Field Performer, with teammate David Verburg earning Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Verburg posted the nation's top time in the 400m this season blowing the field away in 45.06, also good enough to set a new CAA meet record. Handy won the triple jump for the third year in a row with a leap of 15.56m. Rachaunn Ruffin became the first man in CAA history to win four consecutive 100 meter titles, with a mark of 10.60.
Patriots' teammates George Empty won the 400 meter hurdles (52.23) and Adrian Vaughn took the 200 meters in 21.15. George Mason's Gustavio Osorio paced the two day decathlon with 6,428 points and Daniel Callan earned the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:24.06. The Patriots' also took both meter relay titles, claiming the 4x100 in 40.82 and the 4x400 in a time of 3:12.01.
UNCW's David Lindsay paced the field in the 110 meter hurdles in 14.19. Bob Vanderham defended his 800m title for the Seahawks in a mark of 1:51.21
Northeastern's Patrick Jablonski narrowly missed a new CAA meet record, throwing at 50.55m and earning the crown. Huskies' teammate Andrew Staples posted 2.04m to win the high jump event.
Chris Tyson of William & Mary took the 1,500 meter in 3:49.98, with VCU's Brandon Ruffin taking the shot put crown with a toss of 16.83m.