UNCG track team sets four school records at Duke Invite
DURHAM, NC – Four UNC Greensboro track athletes set school records to highlight the Spartans effort at the Duke Invitational this weekend at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Jeff Williams shaved just over one second off his own school record with a 14th place finish in the 800 meters event. Williams set the old record last April 16 at the Carolina Fast Times meet in Chapel Hill with a time of 1:52.64.
Jess Weber set a record on the women’s side in the 800m with a time of 2:18.93 to place 10th in the event. The old record was 2:18.99, which was set by Eleanor Wilson at the Southern Conference Championship on April 18, 2003.
Heidi Pinkerton demolished her own record in the 3000m steeplechase with a 14th place finish on Saturday. Her time of 11:11.08 bested her effort of 11:21.99 two weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays meet.
On Friday, Xavier Rutz shattered his own school record in the 5000 meters as he finished 27th with a time of 14:57.88. That time trimmed nearly 18 seconds off his mark that was also set two weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays.
Weber placed 30th in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:45.10, which was only .02 off her school record time that was also set two weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays.
Erin Lord set a personal best in the 1500 meters on Friday with a time of 4:57.45 to place 20th in the development race. Her time was over two seconds faster then her previous top time.
Josh Wyatt and Keith Gruchacz finished 13th and 15th respectively in the 10,000 meters event with times of 32:33.88 and 32:51.30. Ryan Rodd also set a personal best time in the 1500 meter development run with a time of 4:08.96.
MEN’S RESULTS: 5000 meters: 27. Xavier Rutz, 14:57.88; 10,000 meters: 13. Josh Wyatt, 32:33.88, 15. Keith Gruchacz, 32:51.30; Triple Jump: Charles Jones, Foul; 1500 meters (Development): 23. Nic Vaccaro, 4:02.36, 56. Ryan Rodd, 4:08.96; 800 meters (Development): 109. Chris Cousins, 2:03.37, 130. Tim Kwak, 2:07.38; 800 meters (Seeded): 14. Jeff Williams, 1:51.63.
WOMEN’S RESULTS: 1500 meters (seeded): 30. Jess Weber, 4:45.10; 1500 meters (Development): 20. Erin Lord, 4:57.45, 49. Tricia O'Connell, 5:15.60; 800 meters (Development): 10. Jess Weber, 2:18.93; 3000 meter Steeplechase: 14. Heidi Pinkerton, 11:11.08.