Men's Track & Field Break Four School Records At Tar Heel Open

The Indoor Track season is just a week old, but the School Records, Indoor and Outdoor Marks were set on Saturday at the UNC SEASON OPENER in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

Joe Thierfelder led the way with breaking the indoor 400m record with a time of 51.83, the previous record was held by Steph-Yves Louis at 52.67.  Thierfelder finished 10th in the event.  Louis nearly broke his previous best as well with a time of 52.75, and place 15th in the field of 25 runners.   Thierfelder and Louis teamed with Dustin Stewart and Darius Gardner to break the All Time Indoor and Outdoor School Record in the 4 x 400m Relay.  The teamed up to run a  3:31.67.  The previous best was a 3:32.12 set at the Conference Carolinas Championships last May.  The team 10th out of the 18 schools entered.

Tim Gill earned the next School Record when he ran and 8:50.03 breaking the Indoor and all time best Outdoor Mark set by Ryan Caulley last winter, of 9:01.01.  Gill finished 5th in the event that had 22 competitors.

Jean Luc Rolland broke his Indoor School Record in the Triple Jump with a leap of 13.71 (44' 11.75"), which was 3 inches longer than his previous indoor best set last winter, and only 4" off of his career best mark.  He finished 6th in the event out of 14 jumpers.

A total of 18 schools competed in the meet, including 10 NCAA I programs.

BAC Coach Mike De Witt had these thoughts about the first week of the season: "it has been a very strong start to the Indoor track season.  The best part about competing at your best this early is the group has done a great job of preparation on their own over the break and they have been going to their staring lines and events focusing on competing, rather than outcomes.  They are learning that when you compete smart and focused, the good marks are a part of the whole.  We are looking for more improvements in the next month as they sharpen up and work toward their specific events."