Outdoor Track & Field Seasons Starts With School Records And Strong Performances

The Belmont Abbey College Men's Track Team got the Outdoor Track Season off with a good showing at both UNC Charlotte and Lenoir Rhyne over the weekend breaking School Records in the 4 x 400m Relay and High Jump along with earning strong place finishes in individual events.

Joe Thierfelder improved on his High Jump School Record with a leap of 6' 2" (1.88m) breaking his old school mark set at Liberty (1.84m) last spring.  He placed 3rd in the event.  Thierfelder was also a member for the 4 x 400m Relay team that broke the school record with a time of 3:29.34, he teamed up with Darius Gardner, Dustin Stewart, and Steph-Yves Louis.  The old mark was set at the Conference Championships last spring by the same group in 3:31.84.

Top performances were turned in by several other members of the squad:  Ignatius Ginski finished 2nd in the Discus Throw with a toss of 123' 11" (37.77m), Jean Luc Rolland earned a 3rd place in the Triple Jump with a leap of 44' 4" (13.51m), and Ryan Caulley placed 2nd in the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 10:56.86, his first time running the event.

Dustin Stewart had a very busy weekend, along with the relay mark, he placed 3rd in the Javelin Throw with a mark of 151' 1' (46.06m), and that was after placing 15th in the Decathlon at UNC Charlotte on Thursday and Friday.  He totaled Dustin Stewart 5318 Points only 80 points off of his school record set in 2012. His first day performances were:  100m Dash (12.31), Long Jump (18' 1.5'), Shot Put (29' 5.5"), High Jump (5' 8.5") and in the 400m (52.97).  His second day event marks were:  110m Hurdles (19.44), Discus (93' 6"), Pole Vault (10' 4"), Javelin (143' 3"), and the 1500m Run in 4:17.24.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the start of the Outdoor Season Performances:  "It was great to start the outdoor season with a strong showing across the team.  We knew we would be somewhat 'rusty', since this was our first competition in a month, our last meet being the Conference Indoor Championship on February 23rd.  The team did an excellent job of training consistent over the spring break along with the long meet layoff.  We will be looking for the group to continue the trend we have set with every meet being a stepping stone of progress."