The Crusader Men's and Women's Track & Field teams opened the 2016 Outdoor season at the UNC Charlotte 49er Classic in Charlotte, NC with multiple school records.
"The Crusaders responded well to the level of competition against mostly Divison I teams. Racing against that level of competition now and throughout the season will lead to improved individual and team performances at the Conference Carolinas Championships in April. I was especially impressed with the Men's relay and field event performances on Day 2. " – Head Coach, Nick Radkewich
The Belmont Abbey Men's and Women's indoor track and field teams continued to break school records and during day two of the 49er Classic, the first major regional meet of the season hosted by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The men's team started the day with a new school record in the 4x400m Relay, as Tarik Amon SR, Mike Kroceja SO, Alex Abalas FR and Matt Difrancesco FR posted a time of 53.03 for 11th place and then 2nd best Conference Carolinas time of the season. Amon later competed in the Triple Jump finishing 12th with an effort of 13.63m (44-8¾ft), a personal record by more than 2ft. In the High Jump Joe Thierfelder SR tied for 12th place as well clearing 1.85m (6-¾ft) prior to anchoring the 4x400m relay to finish the meet. Crusaders showed a strong team performance in the 800m even led by Connor Buhrmeister FR 2:00.42 and EJ Cerdeiras SR with a personal record of 2:00.75, finishing 1-2 in their heat.
Lucy Schmitz followed up a strong performance on Day 1 with a 10th place finish, 1st for Division II, in the 3,000m, with a time of 10:47.22. In the women's 800m race the Crusades were led by Julia Otranto FR running 2:34.34 followed by Amber Arias FR and Shanon Corbett FR.
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. Competing again against top Division I teams, the Crusaders will be focused on specialty events to move up the Conference Carolina Performance Lists.
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