Successful Day 1 for Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams

Successful Day 1 for Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams

The Crusader Men's and Women's Track & Field teams opened the 2016 Outdoor season at the UNC Charlotte 49er Classic in Charlotte, NC.

"Both teams started the outdoor seasons with program records carrying over the successes we saw during indoors.  As the students adjust to the outdoor events and continue to compete against the best competition in the region, I expect that more records will fall throughout the season. " – Head Coach, Nick Radkewich

The Belmont Abbey Men's and Women's indoor track and field teams competed in day one of the 49er Classic, the first major regional meet of the season with over 5500 entries, hosted by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.  The women's team posted new school records as both Liz Thierfelder JR and Bri Crisci SR bested the Crisci's 400m record, with Thierfelder establishing the new mark of 58.17 just .22 seconds advantage and placing 16th in a field of top Division I and II athletes.  Their roles were reversed in the 200m dash as Crisci finished 24th with a time of 25.46, breaking the old 200m record by over a second, substantial in a sprint.  In the distance events Lucy Schmitz SR led the Crusaders with a 26th place in the 1,500m in 4:54.22 winning her heat.  Also winning her heat, Julia Otranto FR, posted a new personal best along with fellow freshman Liz Labun and Amber Arias. Day 2 will see the Arias and Otranto competing in the 800m event, while Schmitz and Labun will look to post new bests in the 3,000m race. Dee Sanchez will be making her outdoor debut for the Crusaders in the Shot Put.

The Crusader men's team started off the meet fast with Matt Difrancesco FR setting a new Belmont Abbey record in the 100m with a time of 11.14 for 26th place in his college event debut.  Zach Melvin SR finished a strong 8th place in his first attempt at the 3,000m Steeplechase after making the transition from long sprints to distance events.  In the 1,500m event Thomas Eichorn FR posted a personal best of 4:18.38 and Patrick Lester ran a tactically strong heat finishing in 4:24.68.  Melvin, Eichorn and Lester will compete in Lester's specialty the 800m along with Connor Buhrmeister and EJ Cerdeiras on Day 2.  Day 2 will see the men's sprinters focusing on the 4x100m and 4x400m relays as well as Joe Thierfelder and Tarik Amon competing in the high jump and triple jump respectively.  The relays will be exciting for the men's program as they will be competing in both the 4x100m and 4x400m races seeking performance marks that will seed them in the final heats of the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships April 29th and 30th

Day 2 weather forecasts predict scattered thunderstorms and cool temperatures which will facilitate competitive racing.  The Crusaders will focus on training and the Easter Holiday next weekend before traveling to High Point, NC and the High Point Vertklasse Meeting, April 2nd.

Home to more than 1,700 students, Belmont Abbey College is a small, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution. We find our center in Jesus Christ, and believe in the development of the whole person—in mind, body and spirit.

Our mission is to provide an education that will enable our students to lead lives of integrity, succeed professionally, become responsible citizens and be a blessing to themselves and others.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks we continue to celebrate the 1,500 year old Benedictine monastic tradition of prayer and learning. Belmont Abbey Athletics Mission:  We exist to affect a positive change in the culture of sport by upholding a standard of virtue and excellence in all we do. Our mission is to provide positive athletic experiences in an academic environment where students will be encouraged to strive for virtue and excellence so that in all things God may be glorified.