Schwartz shatters record at 49er Classic

Schwartz shatters record at 49er Classic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Salisbury University track & field program competed in its second outdoor meet of the season traveling to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Alison Schwartz headlined a great weekend of competition for the Sea Gulls as she shattered the 10,000-meter run school record finishing just behind a former Olympian in the process.

Women

Schwartz earned a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run coming in only behind runners from the University of Illinois. Schwartz's time of 38:29.99 broke the school record set back in 1997 by Vicki Huchko, who posted a time of 38:44.5. Teammate Fiona Halloran finished behind her teammate crossing the finish line in a time of 41:35.93. It was both runners first time competing in the 10,000-meter race.

Schwartz also finished two places behind former 1984 and 1992 Olympic runner Zola Budd Pieterse in the 10,000-meter run. Pieterse, who represented both Great Britain and South Africa in two different Olympic games ('84 GB and '92 SA), captured two gold medals at the World Cross Country Championships as well during her career. Pieterse is now an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University.

Pieterse completed the race in a time of 37:30.84, just under a minute quicker than Schwartz. It is the second school record Schwartz has broken this season as she also broke the 3,000-meter run record during the indoor season.

Jacqueline Seymour earned a third-place finish in the high jump clearing the bar at a height of 5' 1". Teammate Kaitlin Isabell finished three places back of Seymour finishing in a tie for sixth after posting a jump of 4' 11".

In the pole vault Kathleen Kammerer earned a fourth-place finish after clearing the bar at a height of 10'.   

Men

Will Fountain finished fourth in the pole vault clearing the bar at a height of 13' 7.7".

Duncan Ferrin and Andrew Volz finished back-to-back in the hammer throw after recording throws of 150' 7" and 149' 10" respectively to finish 11th and 12th.

In the track events Greg Bisant captured a 10th place finish coming home in a time of 9:05.74 in the 3,000-meter run.

Salisbury will return to action March 30-April 1 when it travels to the Colonial Relays hosted by the College of William and Mary.   

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