Six School Records Fall At Hilton Garden Invitational

The Belmont Abbey College Track Program has gotten off to a good start this Indoor Season and it kept things rolling along with six School Records set at the JDL Fast Track Hilton-Garden Invitational in Winston-Salem.  There were a total of 50 Men's and 50 Women's Programs represented at the event that limited entries to cut-off marks.

Leading the way on the Record Book assault on the Women's side was Lucy Schmitz, she broke two school records in the meet, on Friday she placed 2nd overall in the Seeded Section 5000m Run with a time of 17:56.95, which broken her own school record set last winter at Grand Valley State Michigan at 18:09.42.  On Saturday she returned to break her own school record in the Mile Run with a time of 5:17.34, which improved on her time from last winter's Conference Carolinas Championship Meet by .1 of a second.  She finished 17th in the event as well.

Saralee Martelly improved on the School Record in the 60m Hurdles, when she ran a time of 9.82 in the Preliminary Rounds, the previous mark was 9.83 which Martelly shared with Leondra Pridgen, she finished 46th in the Preliminary Round.

The Men's Program had 3 School Records bettered at the meet as well.  Tim Gill  lowered his record in the 5000m Run with a time of 15:28.56, his previous best was set last January at Liberty U (15:31.03)  He finished 9th in the field of 40 runners as well.

Darius Gardner improved on his school record in the 55m Dash, when he ran a time of 7.38 in the Preliminary Rounds of the event.  His previous best was set in the Season Opener at Winston-Salem at 7.41.  He finished 54th in the round out of the 72 sprinters in the event.

The final record of the weekend was set by Jean Luc Rolland in the Long Jump, the senior improved on his previous best of 6.21m (20' 3.5" set last year)  He leaped 21' 3.5", and improvement of 1 foot over his previous best (6.49m)  He finished 17th in the event, out of the field of 38 jumpers.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the strong performances of the BAC Athletes at the Hilton Garden Invitational:  "This meet was an opportunity to show that our best athletes are very capable of competing at a high quality meet, only a handful of our team was able to meet the cut-offs for entry into the meet.  The group took full advantage of a big setting to compete at their best!  Each of those that improved on a school record did a nice job of keeping their focus and working on the things that they had planned for!  It was a good day for our group to fare well against much bigger and established programs."