Track: Tribe men, women finish third at Mason Invitational

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William and Mary finished third on both the men's and women's side of the Mason Invitational this weekend. COURTESY PHOTO / TRIBE ATHLETICS

Both the William and Mary men and women finished 3rd Saturday at the Mason Spring Invitational. The men recorded a team score of 77 points, while George Mason won with 115. Virginia Commonwealth won the women’s team title with a score of 135 points, while the Tribe scored 69.5.

Both junior Bri Miller and sophomore Alexis Brender a Brandis broke school records in the jumps. Miller’s record came in the long jump; she leapt 5.81 meters (19-0.75) to win. Brender a Brandis finished right behind her in fourth with a jump of 5.55 meters (18-2.5). The sophomore set her school record in the triple jump, finishing third in a 12.12-meter (39-9.25) effort. Miller finished right behind her in fourth place with a jump of 12.02 meters (39-5.25) and also tied for second in the high jump, clearing 1.56 meters (5-1.25).

Senior Leia Mistowski continued her excellent outdoor season, winning the hammer throw with a toss of 60.95 meters (200-0). Fellow senior Kathleen Wirshup finished fourth in the javelin with a heave of 37.52 meters (123-1). Sophomore Julia Montgomery won the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:24.57 and freshman Lauren Finkiotis placed third in the 5000-meter run in 18:06.11.

On the men’s side, redshirt-junior Dylan Anderson finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.39. Junior Ryan McGorty placed third in the 1500-meters in a personal-best 3:44.67 clocking. Redshirt-freshman George Cross finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 6.52 meters (21-4.75).

Freshman Michael Fairbanks picked up a third-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 4.66 meters (15-3.5).

Freshman KJ Cook had an excellent showing in the throws, recording three top-five finishes, his highest coming in the shot put where he finished third (15.44 meters; 50-8). Junior Vlad Castillo finished right behind Cook in fourth with a heave of 15.08m (48.25). Cook finished fifth in the discus with a toss of 49.24 meters (161-6) and fourth in the hammer throw (51.43 meters; 168-9), right behind teammate freshman Jason Wright in third (51.86 meters; 170-2).

The Tribe will be back in action this weekend at the Duke Invitational.

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