The William and Mary men's track and field team added one more conference title and six All-CAA nods Saturday at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, finishing third in the final team standings with 122 points. George Mason won the team championship 267 points, while UNCW took second with 166 points. For the weekend, the Tribe totalled four individual titles and 11 all-conference selections (finishing in the top three of an event).
W&M's fourth gold medal of the championships came in the 1,500m run, where senior Chris Tyson (Arlington, Va.) won the first championship of his career in an easy 3:49.98. John Muller (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) was next across the line in 3:51.46 for all-conference honors, and Zach Tennant (Fairview, W.Va.) was fifth in 3:58.10. Freshman Ian MacFawn (LaVale, Md.) gave the Tribe four scorers, running a seasons-best 4:02.28 for eighth place and one team point.
Freshman thrower Brian Waterfield (Chesapeake, Va.) had two career-best performances on Saturday, including in the shot put where he placed third overall and qualified for the IC4A Championships for the first time. His best put came on his sixth and final attempt, when he heaved the 16-lbs iron cannonball out 15.87 meters (52-1) to leapfrog a VCU opponent into third place and all-conference honors. It was more than a foot past Waterfield's previous best with the international-weight shot put, and ranks him 10th all-time at W&M outdoors.
In the high jump, junior Ben Katz (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) finished second overall for his third All-CAA award. Katz cleared the bar at a height of 1.99m (6-6.25) for the silver medal.
W&M also got a pair of podium finishes in the 3,000m steeplechase, taking second and third in the event. Freshman Will Bass (Nashville, N.C.) had never taken a barrier before 200 meters into the race on Saturday night, but showed remarkable aptitude for the event and ran 9:35.17 to place second overall. Sophomore Jack Anderson (Pfafftown, N.C.) ran a career-best by two seconds, lowering his mark to 9:42.63 and taking third.
In the discus, Brian Waterfield's day began with a career-best by just under five feet, tossing the disc out 42.53m (139-6) to place eighth and add two more points to the team's total.
William and Mary's final eight points came in the relay events, thanks to a pair of fifth-place finishes in both the 4x100m and 4x400m.
With the regular season now complete, the Tribe turns its attention to the IC4A and NCAA Championships, as well as last-chance qualifiers for NCAAs and the Olympic Trials. Next weekend brings the IC4A Championships at Princeton and the Swarthmore Last Chance distance races.
2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championships
Final Men's Standings
1. George Mason 267
2. UNCW 166
3. William and Mary 122
4. Northeastern 117
5. VCU 102
6. Georgia State 13