Gill & Rolland Set Marks For Men's Track & Field At Winthrop Invitational

Tim Gill was the overall winner of the 5000m and Jean Luc Rolland finished 5th in the Triple Jump and each broke their own school records at the Winthrop Eagles Invitational held Friday and Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Rock Hill, SC.

There was a total of 24 colleges represented at the event, including 12 Division I schools from 8 states and more than 900 athletes entered.

Gill took the Friday evening 5000m Run with a time of 15:15.80, finishing ahead of the 16 other competitors in the event, breaking his previous Outdoor School Record of 15:25.83 set last spring at Hillsdale College (MI).  Rolland earned his career best mark of 13.87m (45-6.25) placing 5th on the field of 18 jumpers.  His previous best mark came as a Freshman in 2011 at the Duke Twilight Meet (13.61m).

Dustin Stewart earned a strong 4th place finish in the 1500m Run with a time of 4:08.63.  There was a total of 31 competitors in the event.

Other strong performances were turned in by Mike Rogers in the 1500m Run where he earned a career best time of 4:30.79, winning the 1st unseeded section of the event.  The 4 x 400m Relay team of Stewart, Joe Thierfelder, Tarik Amon, and Steph-Yves Louis placed 7th in the event with a time of 3:30.46.  Ignatius Ginski tossed the Discus 38.26m (125-6) good for 24th out of the field of 46 throwers.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the efforts of the Men's Team:  "The rainy weather did have an effect on the final times and marks in this meet, but our group did a great job of competing well against a good field of Division I teams, as most everyone was very much in range of their best marks ever, including the two school records!  We have been doing an excellent job in the segment of training we are in and with the better weather ahead and some good meet settings, we will be set to add to a nice list of School Records we have set this year."

Next weekend the team heads to High Point for the VeltKlasse Invitational that will be held Friday and Saturday.