SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Three different school records were broken here Saturday as the Gallaudet University men's indoor track and field team competed at the SU Invitational.
Freshman sprinter Nick Jones (Fulton, Mo.) had a hand in two of three school marks set. Jones won the seventh heat of the 400-meter dash with a blazing time of 52.83 seconds. That time edges out Alex Close's 52.92 mark set a year ago in the same venue.
Jones ran the lead-off leg of the 4x200 meter relay that finished third overall with a school record of 1:36.08. Jones was joined by junior Montray Roberts (Dallas, Texas), freshman Kai Christenberry (Birmingham, Ala.) and junior Toraneau Varice (Deerfield, Fla.). Roberts and Varice were on last year's relay that set a school mark in 1:36.43. They were joined by Jordan Manges and Close, who lost two records today.
The third school record to fall came in the pole vault. Freshman Spencer Maples (Kempner, Texas) vaulted his way into the GU record book when he cleared 3.90 meters (12 feet, 9.5 inches). Maples erased one of the oldest indoor school records as Williams Evans held the old mark of 3.81 meters (12 feet, 6 inches) set on Feb. 25, 1979, at the Mason-Dixon Championships in Towson, Md.
Freshman Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.) was fourth in the long jump. Gray jumped 6.08 meters (19 feet, 11.5 inches) on his first attempt to finish in the top five.
- Jones finished sixth in the 200-meter dash (23.42) followed by Varice in ninth (23.71)
- Varice was 11th in the 60-meter dash (7.37) while Jones was close behind in 14th (7.43)
- Junior Gunner Hahn was 16th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.84)
- Senior John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) was 17th in the 800-meter run (2:07.28) as he was close to Alex Close's school record of 2:05.53
- GU's 4x400 relay of Isaacson, Gray, Christenberry and Jones was sixth (3:37.77)
The Bison will close out the indoor schedule next week at the Mason Last Chance meet hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 26.