The track teams were running all over the place last weekend. Their schedule took the team to John Carroll University on Friday for a Division III meet. Three runners then competed on Saturday at a meet at Baldwin-Wallace College.
At the John Carroll meet, under cloudy skies, a number of sprinters ran excellent races. Sophomore Steve Jackson led the pack.
Distance runners sophomore Harsha Thirumurthy and junior Max Rankenberg ran the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter. "Max is a really, really flashy runner," said senior Mitch Douglass. Rankenberg's time of 34:40 in the 10K qualifies him for NCACs. Thirumurthy's time in the 5K is currently the fastest in the NCAC. Thirumurthy will compete in both the 10K and 5K at the championships, despite never having run the 10K in competition.
"Friday was a step towards conference," first-year Gil Saenz said. "We're becoming more of a team."
Saenz's day of glory came on Saturday. Saenz won the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 57.4, securing a spot in conference competition. "Gil ran very well," said Douglass. Saenz's time is the third fastest in the NCAC.
Douglass ran very well himself, finishing the 5,000-meter in 16:39 and also qualifing for conference.
Junior Shannon Fox distinguished herself in the 3,000-meter run. Fox finished in the fifth place slot and qualified for conference.
The runners compete at conferences today and tomorrow. "We've been working hard and it should pay off," Saenz said. "I can't wait for conference."
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Volume 124, Number 23; May 3, 1996
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