FREDERICK, Md. - A day after Gallaudet University men's cross country runners added two new school records after competing in the Hood College Open here at Utica District Park the marks have been erased due to a miscalculation.
Hood College first-year cross country head coach Brett Shelley notified the competing teams on Sunday that the men's runners lost several hundred meters over the length of the course, roughly a minute of time, because it wasn't marked properly. Thus, nullifying the times set by all men's runners on Saturday. The meet was scheduled to be an 8-kilometer race (4.97 miles) but is now being called a 7,500-kilometer race (4.78 miles). No new official results have been submitted.
Gallaudet freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) won the race with a blazing time of 24:31.4. The time was thought to be the new Gallaudet University school record but has now been removed after this announcement by Hood. Gallaudet's current top 8K time is still 24:49 set by Gregory Warren in 1978. Even with the missing 500 meters, Kingstedt stood to add another Top 10 finish in Gallaudet's record books.
Freshman Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.) finished 12th overall with a time of 26:11.4, which at the time, was the seventh fastest in school history but that time has now been removed from Gallaudet's record book.
The women's 6-kilometer race was not impacted.