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Thomas and Men's Sprint Medley Relay Team selected as March Bison of the Month presented by GIS

Thomas and Men's Sprint Medley Relay Team selected as March Bison of the Month presented by GIS

WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University Athletics Department has announced the March Bison of the Month recipients presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS). Junior middle infielder Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) of the softball team and the sprint relay team consisting of the men's track and field team consisting of sophomore Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), freshman Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.), freshman Nick Jones (Fulton, Mo.) and senior John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) were selected for their exceptional performances during the month of March.

Thomas started in all sixteen games for the Bison in the month of March and racked up a team-high 19 runs, 17 hits and 13 RBI's in the 46 appearances in the batters box. She led the Bison with a .370 batting average and was second on the team in on base percentage (.423).  The two-time NEAC Softball Player of the Week also stole 13 bases and currently has the most stolen bases of any player in the NEAC. Defensively, she had 26 assists and 18 putouts.

"Courtney is a tremendous student-athlete," said head softball coach Justen Burns when asked about her performance in the month of March. "She's just got that natural ability and she comes with so many different tools which can be utilized. She has always accepted my feedback regarding her offensive abilities well and I can tell she is always doing her best on and off the field. Courtney is so deserving of this recognition as Bison of the Month."

On Friday, March 31 Varice, Gray, Jones and Isaacson broke a 25-year old men's track and field record at the exact same site where the previous record was set. The quartet joined forces to set a new school record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay. The sprinters finished the event in three minutes and 43.2 seconds in fifth place, breaking the previous school record of 3:44.8. 

The old mark was set by Radcliffe Pryce, Rodd Gatewood, Darrin Green and Steven Humber on March 28, 1992 at the Battleground Relays.

"Although these individuals had never run the sprint medley relay before," I had a strong belief that they would do well at the Battlegrounds Relay," said Gallaudet University Men's Track and Field head coach Byron Moore. "I'm happy that I gave them a chance to make their mark in the history of Gallaudet Track and Field."

2016-17 Gallaudet Bison of the Month presented by GIS

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