RALEIGH, N.C. – Distance runner Jacob McLeod continued his highly decorated freshman season Friday with a record-breaking performance at the Raleigh Relays track and field meet.
McLeod (Soperton, Ga.) became the first Bruin to ever break the 14-minute mark on the track in the 5,000 meters. McLeod finished the 5K in 13:59.21, the 11th-best time of the 146 racers competing in the event at the prestigious distance and relay races meet. Among collegiate runners, McLeod was fifth.
His sub-14 time just edges the previous school record of 14:02.98 of Kipkosgei Magut that had stood for 12 years. The quickest indoor time in school history, 14:23.52, belongs to McLeod's older brother, Kaleb.
Jacob McLeod was previously an NCAA National Championships qualifier in cross country in the fall and won two OVC silver medals during the indoor track season this winter.
McLeod wasn't the only impressive Belmont performance on the track in Raleigh though. Junior Aidan Thompson (Dunfermline, Scotland) nabbed a top-10 finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He became just the second Bruin ever to post a sub-9-minute time in the race, finishing in 8:59.16 to take ninth place.
Junior Declan McManus (Worcestershire, England), the only other Bruin racer to ever break 9 minutes in the 3,000 steeplechase, took 26th on Friday in 9:12.86.
The rest of the Belmont men's squad was in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Friday for the Joey Haines Invitational. Only one event on the first day of that meet featured Bruins in competition.
Senior Stephen Gibson (Tuscola, Ill.) notched seventh place in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.70 meters (179-5). He was the best of two Bruins in the event ahead of freshman teammate Reece Davidson (Arvada, Colo.), who was 13th with a throw of 46.66 meters (153-1).
Belmont will return to action Saturday for the conclusion of the Joey Haines Invitational at Southeast Missouri's track.
66. Ben Weisel, jr., – 3:55.85
11. Jacob McLeod, fr. – 13:59.21*^
39. Kaleb McLeod, jr. – 30:20.12
at Joey Haines Invitational
Cape Girardeau, Mo.