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Track and Field Turns in Impressive Outing in California

STANFORD, Calif. – Several Belmont Track and Field athletes turned in strong performances this weekend in California.  The group of student athletes recorded four top-20 finishes at the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. 

At the Stanford Invitational, junior Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson (Newbury, England) took fourth in the 1500m with a time of 3:45.05.  Senior Jilian Linklater (Lake Orion, Mich.) notched a fifth place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.60m (5'3").

At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, sophomore Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) set a new personal record in the 5000m with her time of 16:58.37.  Her time helped her to place 10th in a deep field while on the men's side in the same event, junior David Everett (St. Louis, Mo.) took 20th (15:08.26) in a field brimming with strong competitors.

"We had some pretty solid performances out here," said Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Jeff Langdon.  "While it wasn't a PR, Marcus ran a solid 1500 in a very competitive heat at Stanford.  He held his own out there, and it really bodes well for when he gets to the regional meet next month.

"Hannah had a huge PR in 5k at San Francisco State.  Coach Casavant and I are really excited to see where she will end up by the end of the season." 

"It was a great opportunity to come out to a meet like Stanford and see some new competitors.  While it wasn't the result we were looking for, it was a great learning experience for Jilian," said Associate Head Coach Cameron Harvey.

Belmont returns to action the weekend of April 11-12 at the Boston-Moon Classic hosted by Tennessee State University.