FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Tamika Powell shattered a discus mark Saturday that had stood for 12 years and put host George Mason in position to win its third consecutive ECAC outdoor track and field team title.
Powell’s toss of 168 feet broke the previous meet record set by Penn State’s Elaine Sobansky in 1984. Powell also shattered her own stadium record by more than six feet with the winning throw.
The Patriots women, who grabbed a one-two finish from Hitomi Takamatsu and Angie Brown in the long jump, led with 37 points going into the final day of the meet. Pittsburgh trailed George Mason by six points with 14 events remaining.
On the men’s side, Liberty’s 46 points were more than twice that of any other team in the 120th IC4A outdoor championships with three events remaining late Saturday. Liberty was led by Ryan Werner, who followed his decathlon win Friday with a winning pole vault Saturday of 16-8.
Werner is the meet’s only double winner after three days of competition.
George Mason, looking for a record eighth straight IC4A outdoor title, was 25th with three points. However, the Patriots had several qualifiers going into the 14 finals scheduled for Sunday.
In other IC4A field events, Princeton long jumper Ugwunna Ikpeowo, an Nigerian Olympic hopeful, set a stadium record with a winning mark of 26-0 1/4.
Army’s Gerald Ingalls (222-7) held off the McGehearty brothers from Boston College, Mark (213-5) and Sean (211-6), to win the hammer throw.
Dartmouth’s Adam Nelson won the shot put, breaking his own stadium record with a 59-5 mark, and Rutgers’ Chris Sagnella took the javelin with a 231-3 toss. Boston University’s David Crabbe captured the 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 16.53 seconds, in a race that finished in near darkness.
Earlier, in hot and humid weather, freshman Trecia Smith stole the spotlight from her Pittsburgh teammate and Najuma Fletcher, a 1992 Olympian for Guyana, in the ECAC events.
Smith easily won the heptathlon with 5,557 points, a mark that automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Outdoor Championships May 29-June 1 in Eugene, Ore. She also finished third in the long jump.
``I’m from Jamaica. We’ve got sun all year long. I felt comfortable today,″ Smith said.
Fletcher, who said she couldn’t concentrate, finished third in the high jump and seventh in the long jump.
In other ECAC results, Denise Durham of Rutgers captured the high jump at 5-10 and Villanova’s Jennifer Pastore easily won the javelin with a toss of 173-2.