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Waterfield's Big Day Leads W&M Men's Track and Field at GMU
Updated: Monday 04/15/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's track and field team continued its spring season Saturday, competing at the Patriot Open Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia.  The Tribe was able to take advantage of the opportunity to run on the same track as next month's Colonial Athletic Association Championships, and came away with an IC4A qualification as well as two all-time top-16 throws.

800m Run
In the 800m, senior Chris Tyson (Arlington, Va.) ran a lifetime-best 1:51.62 to qualify for the IC4A Championships in his second event of the past two weeks.  Last weekend, Tyson ran another lifetime-best to earn a qualifying mark at 1,500m.

Shot Put
Freshman Brian Waterfield (Chesapeake, Va.) had a big day in throwing circles, setting a pair of collegiate-bests in the shot put and the hammer throw.  In the former, Waterfield placed fifth overall with a put of 15.50 meters (50-10.25), becoming the first Tribe thrower to break the 50-foot barrier outdoors since 2006.  He now ranks 11th all-time in school history.

Hammer Throw
In the hammer, Waterfield was third overall and twirled the implement out a distance of 47.04m (154-4).  The freshman is the 15th man in school history over 150 feet, and now ranks 14th all-time at the College.

Next week, William and Mary will have athletes split among three meets.  The top distance runners will head to Walnut, California, for the Mt. SAC Relays, while the rest of the distance athletes head to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational.  The sprinters, hurdlers, and field athletes will head down to Christopher Newport, for the New Captain's Classic.

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