SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men's track and field team set three new indoor records here Saturday as they competed in the Crusader Challenge hosted by Susquehanna University.
Freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden), only a week removed from setting the new school record in the 5,000-meter run, broke the 3,000-meter run record with a blazing time of nine minutes, 5.09 seconds as he finished second overall out of 30 runners and won his heat. Kingstedt shattered a 26-year-old school record by nearly minute. Peter Ryberg set the previous mark of 10:04.30 on Jan. 21, 1990, at the Swarthmore (Pa.) Open.
Senior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) took down another long-standing school record in the 800-meter run. Close nearly earned this record last week but he got it today as he crossed the finish line in 16th place with a time of 2:05.53. He lowered the 24-year-old record of 2:05.70 set by Steven Hubmer on Feb. 15, 1992, at the Adidas D.C. Invitational in Fairfax, Va.
The final school record on the day was set by sophomore Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) in the 200-meter dash. Varice finished 12th overall with a time of 23.55 seconds to edge the old GU record of 23.63 seconds set by current assistant coach Vianney Boum Yamb, who set the mark two years ago (Feb. 22, 2014) on the same track. Benavente finished 45th (25.54 seconds) in the same event.
- Sophomore Shawn Benavente (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished the 400-meter dash in 55.52 seconds
- Varice finished 22nd out of 49 sprinters in the 60-meter preliminaries as he crossed the finish line in 7.43 seconds
- Sophomore Montray Roberts (Dallas, Texas) placed 29th in the long jump with a leap of 5.35 meters (17 feet, 6.75 inches)
- Kingstedt placed 20th in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:40.33
- Junior Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) finished the 1-mile run in 40th place (6:05.31)
- Freshman Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.) finished 17th (17:10.66) in the 5,000-meter run
- Freshman Parker Holt (Eagle Mountain, Utah) improved upon his time in the 3,000-meter run as he finished 30th overall (11:05.60)
- Freshman Garrett Springer made his collegiate debut as he finished 23rd out of 31 total participants in the shot put with a toss of 11.14 meters (36 feet, 6.75 inches)
- GU's 4x200 meter relay team of Roberts, Varice, Benavente and freshman Jordan Manges (Jacksonville, Ill.) placed ninth overall with a time of 1:38.72
"Today was a big-time learning experience for some of our new student-athletes competing indoors. I am happy [with the results] but not satisfied. I am also pleased with all of our relays teams as they ran well." Byron Moore, Gallaudet University track and field head coach
This was the first of three consecutive trips the Bison will make to Susquehanna University this month. GU returns to Selinsgrove, Pa., this Friday, Feb. 12, to participate in the Susquehanna University Invitational Indoor Meet at 4 p.m.