Announcements and Important Events
The George Mason Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has elected five athletes and one
team as the Hall of Fame Class of 2016. This class, plus one additional athlete who was
previously elected and one coach who will receive a special achievement award, will be honored
at ceremonies to be conducted on September 30 h and October 1st .
The Class of 2016 includes:
Byron Mendenhall (2007) was a standout baseball pitcher with the second most career
wins in Mason history. He was twice recognized as Bull Run District Player of the Year and was
named to numerous All-District, All-Region, and All-State Teams. After high school, he played
at Randolph Macon College where he was Old Dominion Athletic Conference Rookie of the
Year, Pitcher of the Year, and a member of the conference’s All Tournament Team. He was also
named Division III National Pitcher of the Week in April 2008.
Susanna Sullivan (2008) was a cross country and track star at Mason. In cross country,
she was All-District and All-Region her freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years and was
the District and Regional champion her senior year. She had two third place finishes at States
and placed second there her senior year. In track, she won multiple District and Regional
Championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and was state champion in both in 2007, still
holding the school record in the 3,200 meters. In college, she ran intercollegiately at Division I
University of Notre Dame and recently competed in the United States 2016 Olympic Marathon
Trials, finishing 20th.
David Ray (2009) is the only wrestler in Mason annals to finish a season undefeated and
untied while winning District, Regional, and State championships. He accomplished this his
senior year, following up on District and Regional championships and a third place State medal
his junior year. He later competed in wrestling at Division I Drexel University.
Nicole Mitchell (2010) is the only Mason basketball player to finish a career with more
than 1,000 points in both high school and college. At Mason, Nicole was a key player on two
state basketball championship teams and won multiple District, Regional, and State honors. At
Division III Christopher Newport University, she was a four year star, playing on one team that
advanced to the Final Four, another that reached the Elite Eight, and a third that got to the Sweet
Sixteen. Nicole was also the starting goalie on two Mason girls’ soccer teams that won state
championships and is second on the career shut-outs list.
Chantal Thomas (2010) was the point guard on Mason girls’ basketball teams that won
consecutive state championships in 2009 and 2010. She was named first team All-District and
first team All-Region both of those years and was second team All-State her junior year. Her
senior year, she was first team All-State and was recognized as State Player of the Year. In track
and field, she was state champion in the 300 meter hurdles in 2009, and then played on the 2010
girls’ lacrosse team that won a district championship. In college, she teamed with Nicole
Mitchell on the Christopher Newport women’s basketball team. Their college class posted the
second most wins in a four year tenure in the university’s history.
The 1966 boys’ cross country team was undefeated, winning District and State
championships (there were no Regionals at the time) as well as the prestigious Wakefield
Invitational. It was the second Mason cross country team to win a state title and was ranked 10th
in the metropolitan area in the final Washington Post poll that year.
In addition, Travis Greene (2006) will be inducted. Travis was previously elected to the
Hall in 2012. An exceptional three sport athlete, he starred in football, basketball, and track and
field. In football, Travis was named to multiple All-District, All-Region, and All-State teams,
capping his senior year by rushing for over 1,000 yards and gaining honors as a dangerous kick
returner. He was also a three year starter in basketball, named twice to the All-District second
team. In track and field, he won the 2005 state championship in the long jump and was a
member of the 2006 state champion 1,600 meter relay team. Travis played college football and
was a defensive stalwart at Division I-AA Elon University.
Coach Norma Lanier will receive a Special Achievement Award. Norma was among the
first women to coach at Mason. In an era when there was no competition beyond the Regional
level, her 1957-58 girls’ basketball team won Regions, and her 1958-59 team was the Regional
runner-up. Many of the early Mason girls’ basketball stars, including Hall of Famer Carol Rose
(1958), Pat Gentry Hedetniemi (1959), and Oma Gifford Hodges (1960), competed on Norma’s
Additional details as to the ceremonies will be released later.