Stewart Leads The Way At Appalachian State Open

Dustin Stewart was the top finisher for the Belmont Abbey College Men's Track Team at Saturday's App State Mountaineer Open held at the Holmes Convocation Center on the campus in Boone.  Stewart finished 2nd overall in the 800m Run with a time of 1:57.95, which was also good enough to break his own school record set last year at Grand Valley State, the old mark was 1:57.99.

School records were also turned in by Steph-Yves Louis in the 55m Dash and Joe Thierfelder in the 200m Dash.  Louis posted a time of 6.89 in the Preliminary Round where he finished 32nd out of the 48 sprinters in the field.  He established the school record 3 weeks ago at USC with a time of 7.93.  Thierfelder took down Louis's old mark in the 200m Dash.  He ran 23.53 and Louis's old mark was 24.21 set in 2012.  Louis also beat his old mark in the event with a time of 23.60.  Thierfelder also earned a 3rd place finish in the High Jump with a leap of 6' 2.25".

Several members of the team turned career best marks at the meet, including Steve Runciman who had two personal bests with a 19' leap in the Long Jump and a 26.23 time in the 200m Dash.  Mike Rogers and Darren Balkey each improved on their best times ever in the Mile Run, Rogers recorded a time of 4:49.64 and Balkey a time of 4:51.06.   Tim Gill improved on his personal best in the 800m Run with a time of 2:01.25, which was good for a 5th place finish in the event as well.

There was a total of 15 schools represented at the event and no team scores were kept.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the efforts of the BAC Men's Track Team:  "This was a good meet for the combined program, of the 34 individual events we contested there were a total of 18 efforts that either set school records (6), had individual Personal Best of All Time (indoor or outdoor) (5 marks), and 7 more Indoor Personal Best Marks.  That comes out to better than 50% of the efforts were as good as ever for the program!  That is a good tribute to the fine job that the group is doing in training and then transferring that to competing in meets.  We are doing a good job across the events."