FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - A 25-year-old Gallaudet University men's track and field record was replaced this weekend, at the exact same site, as the Bison competed in the Battleground Relays hosted by the University of Mary Washington.
Sophomore Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), freshman Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.), freshman Nick Jones (Fulton, Mo.) and senior John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) joined forces to set a new school record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay on Friday afternoon. The sprinters finished the event in three minutes and 43.42 seconds in fifth place, breaking the previous school record of 3:44.8.
The old mark was set by Radcliffe Pryce, Rodd Gatewood, Darrin Green and Steven Humber on March 28, 1992 at the Battleground Relays.
Jones, Varice and Gray had success again in the 4x100 meter relay when they were joined by Montray Roberts (Dallas, Texas). The team took first place in the event, when they crossed the finish line in 43.63 seconds.
Varice's success carried over into the individual events. In the 200-meter dash, Varice took fourth place with a final time of 22.68 seconds. Jones was right behind Varice in eighth place (22.68).
Varice earned the final qualifying spot in the preliminary heat of the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.54 seconds. In the final heat, he improved his time to 11.33 seconds and placed fifth overall.
Sophomore Gunner Hahn (Stevens Point, Wis.) advanced to the final heat of the 110-meter hurdles where he took second place when he crossed the finish line in 16.17 seconds.
- Jones finished seventh in the 400-meter dash (53.46)
- Gray placed 10th in the long jump when he jumped 5.76 meters (18 feet, 10.75 inches)
- Sophomore Kai Christenberry (Birmingham, Ala.) placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.43)
- Freshman JaQuan Thomas (Midway, Ga.) placed 14th in the shot put when he threw 10.84 meters (35 feet, 6.75 inches) and 15th in the discus when he threw 30.26 meters (99 feet, 3.5 inches)
Gallaudet will head down to Newport News, Va., to participate in the New Captains Classic hosted by Christopher Newport University on Friday, April 14, through Saturday, April 15.