(Posted April 9, 2004)

4/9/04--Huntingdon, Pa.? Competing at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic Distance Carnival the Juniata College men?s and women?s track and field teams each had a school record fall by the wayside Friday night in Lewisburg.

Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) topped the previous school record in the 5,000 meters with his time of 16:09.98. The time was good enough to finish 14th in the second section of the men?s 5,000. The previous record in the event was 16:15.85 and was established in 1992. Mike Vella (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg) placed 22nd in the second section with a time of 16:57.07. Robin Cordier (St. Jude/Bailleul, France) and Mike Chirdon (Riverview/Verona) notched times of 17:16.91 and 17:27.65 respectively in the event.

On the women?s side after breaking the school record in the 10,000 and 3,000-meter runs in her last two competitions Nancy Hayes (Westminster/Westminster, Md.) broke yet another school record this time in the 5,000 meters. Hayes covered the distance in a time of 18:35.80 which clipped more than 14 seconds of the previous record which was set in 1983. Hayes placed ninth in the 5,000 at the meet. Right behind her was Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) who placed tenth with a time of 18:36.00. Sarah Bay (Central Dauphin/Harrisburg) finished the race in a time of 20:18.40. Rounding out the competition for the Eagles was Lauren Gates (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) who logged a time of 42:35.04 in the 10,000 meters.

Juniata will be in action again on Saturday as they compete in the remaining events of the Bucknell Bison Classic.


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