02/12/2012 – The men's and women's track & field teams established three new school records over the weekend at a meet hosted by GVSU.
The oldest school record (38 years) was bested by middle distance star, Dustin Heiler. Heiler's 4:08.75 in the mile broke Dave Bartels record from 1974 (4:11.94). Dustin's time is an automatic qualifier for nationals and he currently ranks second in the country in that event. Heiler not only broke a record on Friday, but one of his own school records was taken down by freshman, Caleb Teachout. Teachout raced to a 1:20.38 for 600 meters to claim his first school record. Caleb's time currently ranks him seventh nationally and automatically qualifies him for nationals in three weeks. Emily Smith also broke her own school record in the weight throw. Smith's toss of 56-9.5 has her up to fourth in the national rankings.
Other outstanding performances were turned in by: Nick Thelen (800 meters - #2 All-Time 1:53.89), Sam DeStefano (60 meters - 7.79 and 200 meters - 25.46 - both performances have her in the #4 spot on the All-Time List - the 200 meter performance was an automatic national qualifier), Joordan Hall (200 meters - 25.46 - automatic national qualifier, Charles Irmen (600 meters - #4 All-Time 1:22.69) and the men's 4x400 meter relay automatically qualified for nationals with the second fastest time in school history (3:18.76).
The Saints will now compete at the WHAC Championships on Saturday at 6 p.m. The championships will take place on the campus of Trine University.