The Belmont Abbey College Men's Track Team opened their season at the Winston-Salem State University Open meet held had the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem this past week. 17 schools were represented at the meet with schools from Kentucky, Maryland, and Georgia in attendance.
Joe Thierfelder had the best day for the Crusaders when he broke that School Record by 3" with a height of 6' 4.25", the previous mark was 6' 0.25" that he set last year. His jump earned him a 4th place finish in the event. He also finished out his great day with the fastest indoor split ever run by a BAC athlete when he was the anchor leg on the of the 4 x 400m Relay in 50.3 for 400m. The team of Thierfelder, Dustin Stewart, Darrius Gardner, and Steph-Yves Louis ran a time of 3:34.50, less than a second off of the current school record.
Stewart along with Tim Gill finished 1-2 in the Mile Run, they were timed in 4:29.85 and 4:30.07.
Head Coach Mike De Witt commented on the team's first meet of the season: "The goal of this meet was to race and compete smart and strong. The group did a great job of accomplishing that goal! The marks were reasonable for a first meet across the team. The skill events looked a little rusty, as it is hard to get technical coaching accomplished with the team across the country during the Christmas Break. We should be ready to compete for school records in the next few weeks."
The team will be back in action twice this week, competing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a small group and on Saturday at UNC-Chapel Hill with another portion of the team competing. The next full team meet will be on Friday and Saturday January 31st and February 1st at the Hilton Garden Invitational held in Winston-Salem.