Men's Indoor Track & Field Records Six Top Ten Finishes At Art & Linda Mailett Open

Men's Indoor Track & Field Records Six Top Ten Finishes At Art & Linda Mailett Open

Competing for the first time since December 5, the Belmont Abbey men's indoor track and field team turned in six top ten finishes this afternoon at the Art & Linda Mailett Open on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Freshman Mathew Difrancesco, in his first collegiate performance, raced to ninth in the 60 meters at 7.20 seconds. Darius Gardner was 18th at 7.51.

In the 200, Alex Abalos posted a 12th place finish with a time of 23.69 with Zach Melvin finishing five spots behind at 24.35.

Sophomore Michael Koceja missed the school record by fourteen one hundreths of a second in the 400 meters, finishing sixth with a mark of 51.29. Abalos was ninth at 51.79. 

Sophomore E.J. Cerdeiras turned in a solid eighth place finish in the 800 meters with a mark of 2:03.55. Classmate Patrick Lester was three spots behind at 2:05.57.

In the mile, Thomas Eichorn crossed the line at 5:01.84 to finish 17th, while Connor Buhrmeister was 21st at 5:15.59.

The Distance Medley Relay Team of Buhrmeister, Eichorn, Melvin and Nicholas Snell raced to fourth at 11:34.89.

In the field events, Tarik Amon surged to 11th in the long jump at 5.76 meters with Gardner one spot behind at 5.51. Koceja was 14th at 5.32.

Amon added a solid fourth place effort in the triple jump, leaping to a mark of 12.82 meters.

Belmont Abbey is back on the track next Saturday when it travels to Winston-Salem for the Winston-Salem Rams 6-Way at JDL Fasttrack.