GENEVA, Ohio.--Connecticut College sophomore Scott Mason of Wyndmoor, Pa. is an All-American. Mason placed sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:13.58 at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Saturday.
Mason continued a history of success in this event at Connecticut College. Camels have now earned All-America honors on six occasions in the 3000 meter steeplechase, more than any other event in program annals. Brian Murtagh '09 (Rowley, Mass.) placed eighth at the 2009 NCAA Championship. Mike LeDuc (Canton, Conn.) placed sixth in 2011 and was fourth in 2012 before he closed out his stellar career by winning back-to-back NCAA Crowns in the event in 2013 and 2014.
It was fitting that this was Connecticut College Head Men's Cross Country Coach/Associate Head Track & Field Coach Jim Butler's last race after dedicating 30 years of coaching excellence to the program.
"I was really relieved to get on the podium today," Mason said. "That was the dream from the beginning in the season. To get sixth place was awesome."
Mason appreciated the support from Coach Bishop, Butler and the team that welcomed him to the team after transferring from Division I Lehigh.
"Coach Butler made me feel special from the beginning and the team was fantastic," Mason said. "We became best friends. They really welcomed me. It was a seamless transition."
Bishop was pleased with Mason's performance on the national stage that capped off the greatest season for Camel track and field in recent history. Bishop also commended his colleague Coach Butler for all that he's done to put the program in the national spotlight.
"This was a really great way for Jim to finish his career," Bishop said. "For this to be the last race for Jim and to have an All-American is a great way to cap off a great career. It was a very good race. Scott had to make some decisions about when to move up. It was a very crowded field because there was no overwhelming favorite going into it. It was a very tight field and a very tactical race. Just like in Thursday's trials, Scott made some very good decisions about when to move up and when to surge."
Mason is Connecticut College's 350th All-American.