LA CROSSE, Wis. – Connecticut College junior distance runner Scott Mason (Wyndmoor, Pa.) earned All-America accolades by placing fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday afternoon at Wisconsin La Crosse's Roger Herring Stadium.
Mason, who placed sixth in the event at last year's NCAA meet, punched in a time of 9:14.86. After falling back to ninth with two laps to go, the junior kicked into high gear by navigating the track on the bell lap in a blistering 1:07.761 to achieve All-America status for the second straight season.
In addition, Danny Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) represented the Camels in the 5,000-meter run. With the temperature topping the 90-degree mark and the heat index at 95 degrees, the sophomore was still able to circle the track in 15:16.63 to place 13th overall in his debut at the NCAA's annual outdoor championship event.
The Connecticut College men's outdoor track & field program has now produced five student-athletes who have combined to earn nine All-America certificates. The Camels graduate just three seniors and are slated to return more than 20 letterwinners, including Mason and Aschale, next year.
Connecticut College Outdoor Men's Track & Field All-Americans
1983 – David Litoff (3rd, 5,000-Meter Run)
2008 – Brian Murtagh (8th, Steeplechase)
2009 – Alex Samma (7th, Triple Jump)
2011 – Michael LeDuc (6th, Steeplechase)
2012 – Michael LeDuc (4th, Steeplechase)
2013 – Michael LeDuc (1st, Steeplechase)
2014 – Michael LeDuc (1st, Steeplechase)
2017 – Scott Mason (6th, Steeplechase)
2018 – Scott Mason (5th, Steeplechase)