The Belmont Abbey College Men's Track Team closed out their full team portion of the season earning 5 Top 3 finishes in the Conference Carolinas Championships held at Lees McRae College this past weekend. The outstanding performance for the Crusaders was turned in by Senior Jean Luc Rolland who captured 2nd place in the Triple Jump with a mark of 14.24m (46' 8.5") an improvement over his school record by more than 1 foot, which he set at Winthrop earlier this season (45' 6.25"). Rolland also bettered his school record in the Long Jump when he leaped 6.76m (22' 2.25') good for 4th place in the event. His previous best was 6.58m (21' 7.25") set at Lenoir Rhyne earlier this season.
Dustin Stewart earned two Conference Carolina Awards with a 2nd Place finish in the 400m Hurdles (57.30) and 3rd Place in the Javelin Throw (43.14m) 141' 6". He was also a member of the 4 x 400m Relay Team that placed 6th in the event, but broke the School Record. The Team included Stewart, Joe Thierfelder, Darius Gardner, and Steph-Yves Louis. Their time was 3:26.05 and improved on the school record they set at High Point (3:37.01) this season.
Ignatius Ginski earned a runner-up spot in the Discus Throw with a toss of 38.99m (127' 11.25') and the throw was 1 meter off of his school record.
Tim Gill captured his All Conference Award in the 3000m Steeplechase with a 3rd Place finish in a time of 9:38.49, which broke his previous school record of 9:48.75 set at NC State in 2012.
Others on the roster that earned Top 6 Scoring Finishes were: Thierfelder in the High Jump with a 4th Place finish with a jump of 1.85m (6' 1") and Stewart also placed 6th in the event with a leap of 1.80m (5' 11.5"). The 4 x 100m Relay Team of Steph-Yves Louis, Tarik Amon, Darius Gardner, and Thiefelder finished 5th with a season best time of 43.88, narrowly missing the School Record of 43.86 from the 2011 Championships.
Personal Bests were also turned in by Steve Runciman in the both the Long Jump (6.32m) and Triple Jump (12.35m) where he placed 7th and 8th respectively. Thierfelder also improved on his personal best in the 400m Dash with a time of 51.01 which earned him a 9th place finish behind Louis who ran a 50.97 in the event.
Including the 3 new school records, the Men totaled 8 career bests at the Conference Championships. The Team finished in 5th place with a total of 48 points and Mt Olive was the runaway champion scoring 172 points and North Greenville runner-up with 129 points.
Coach Mike De Witt commented on the Championship Meet: "The Men did an excellent job across the team at this meet, scoring in 9 events out of the 13 we entered, taking advantage of every opportunity to earn a maximum place in each event. Our Team Goal was to break 50 points, which we just missed, but it wasn't for our missing chances to grab spots, the meet offered a strong level of competition this year, with eliminating qualifying rounds in the middle distances, and the weather was better than it has been in the past two seasons. Most every athlete competed at their best ever and we had a great energy throughout the meet. Our team has done a great job over the past 6 weeks of our 'quick' outdoor season. We have had a lot of fun competing and improving during that time."