05/11/2013 – Caleb Teachout broke his third school record in a week by establishing a new standard in the men's 800 meters.
After breaking the 400 meter record on Wednesday night and taking part in the 4x400 meter relay record last Friday, Teachout's great week continued as he erased a 34 year old record on Friday night. The GVSU "Second to Last Chance Meet" was the platform for the record breaking performance in the 800 meter. Caleb's time of 1:51.46 bested the field and eclipsed the previous record held by Mike Woodbeck (1:51.74 - 1979). Teachout's time improved his qualifying mark for nationals and is currently the sixth fastest time in the country.
Teachout's performance was not the only highlight of the night as Aquinas received awe inspiring performances from many individuals.
Jeff Cherry, a freshman from Hesperia, recorded the second fastest time in school history in the men's 5000 meters. Cherry placed third in a time of 14:49.03 to provisionally qualify him for nationals. Britta Patterson, a freshman from Cadillac, improved her personal best by hitting the "A" standard in the women's 5000 meters with a time of 17:43.86. Erika Heston, hurdling specialist, ran the third fastest 100 meter hurdle time ever for the Saints as she covered the distance in 14.94 to improve her qualifying time.
The women's 4x100 meter relay also hit a provisional mark by running 48.18. The quartet of Heston, Courtney Klawieter, Marissa Ingersoll and Micaila Rice teamed up to hit the qualifying time.
The Saints will now switch their attention to the NAIA National Championships that will be hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University in two weeks.