CHAPEL HILL, NC - Belmont Abbey sophomore sprinter Matthew Difrancesco ran to a 1st-place finish in his 200 Meter heat, with a time of 23.27 seconds. This earned him a top-10 finish overall in the event out of 41 runners. Difrancesco also earned a 2nd-place finish in his 60 meter dash, with a 7.18-second sprint. Abbey juniors Tomas Cerdeiras (7.65) and Peter Heron (7.72) also ran in this event.
Sophomore Thomas Eichorn led the Crusader distance running, as he completed the mile in 4:51.8, good enough for third place in his heat. Sophomore Nicholas Snell was right behind Eichorn with a 4:56.6 mile run. Sophomore Justin Haggerty (5:16.45) and freshman Darvy Soignet (5:18.37) rounded out the Abbey's mile runners. In addition to his impressive mile, Eichorn also ran the 400 meters in 56.3 seconds.
As for the field events, freshman Julian Smallwood finished in 2nd place overall in the shot put, which he threw 14.62m, out of 29 throwers. Cerdeiras' 11.31m also earned him a top-five spot in his shot put flight.
Heron made a top-10 finish in his Long Jump Flight, with a leap of 5.81m.
Head Coach Nick Radkewich commented on his team's performance: "Julian Smallwood beat his own school record finishing second in the men's shotput, throwing 14.62 meters. Matt Difrancesco set a new school record in the 200m with a 23.27. Thomas Eichorn set a new season best in the mile 4:51.8. Overall we felt it was a great return to competition after the Christmas Break. We saw people try new events like Matt in the 200m setting a school record and Hannah in the 800m placing 6th. With a young team we are starting to see athletes finding their event and starting to race the competition versus race for time. That bodes well for their preparation leading up to the Conference Championships. Next week the team will split between the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston Salem and the Mountaineer Open in Boone to make certain athletes compete in the best competition for their event.
Belmont Abbey will be back for more racing action next Saturday when it competes in both the Wake Forest Invite in Winston-Salem, NC and the Mountaineer Open in Boone, NC.