TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Belmont Track and Field Teams opened the 2014 outdoor season with a stellar showing at the highly competitive Alabama Relays, highlighted by the shattering of five program records. The Bruins also captured 20 top-15 finishes at the three-day meet.
BU shattered five program records in a single meet, beginning with a pair of throwing records on the first day of competition.
Day Two saw junior Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson (Newbury, England) take second place in the 1500m with a time of 3:44.98, setting a new Belmont record that he set two years ago in the process. His time is third best in the country in the event and qualifies him for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Sophomore Emily Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) snagged a third place finish in the 400m with a personal record of 56.28 while senior Matt Miller (LaPorte, Ind.) finished sixth in a very deep 5000m field with a time of 14:44. Sophomore Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) set a personal record with her sixth place finish in the 5000m (17:25).
The Bruins continued to roll on the final day of competition with three more records falling. Junior Erick Kigen (Eldoret, Kenya) broke the 800m mark he set one year ago, crossing the line in 1:50.70 to take third overall.
The men's 4x100 team of sophomore Vinny Maniscalco (North Chelmsford, Mass.), junior John Inniger (Arlington, Ohio), junior Alanzo Contini (Rock Town, N.Y.) and freshman Wayne Williams (Nashville, Tenn.) tied the school record with a time of 42.41.
"To my knowledge, five records in a single meet are unprecedented," said Assistant Coach Joe Frye. "It definitely shows that our program is moving in the right direction. We had so many other great performances today, including Eamonn Kichuk and Olivia Hippensteel, both getting collegiate bests in the 800m. The athletes should be very proud of themselves, as the coaches are ecstatic."
"There were lots of personal bests this weekend," said Associate Head Coach Cameron Harvey. "The kids really flourished in the competitive environment of the meet. Hopefully, we can keep this hot start going at Vandy next weekend."
Belmont Track and Field returns to action March 28-29 at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Meet.