NORTH CANTON, OH – The Franciscan men's 4x100 meter relay team continues to break its own school record as the Franciscan men's and women's track and field teams had another impressive outing at the Walsh Invitational, Saturday.
The team of Jim Craig, Ben Erste, Carlo Fabian, John Paul Tysz continues to shave time of the school record in the 4x100-meter relay as they broke their own school record today. The foursome took eighth in a highly competitive race with a time of 44.19, .20 faster than the previous time.
Individually, Craig also set a personal-best in the in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.88. Erste was just .05 off of his personal best and school record time in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.57 while Tysz hit his personal best in the race with a time of 11.54. Fabian also ran a personal-best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.55.Fabian took 21st with a time of 53.56 in the 400-meter dash.
Freshman Matthew Crotteau had another competitive day in the mid-distance races as he set a personal-best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.54. In the 1,500-meter run, Crotteau ran an impressive time of 4:15.30, four and half minutes faster than his previous personal best.
Narrowly beating Crotteau in the 800-meter run was sophomore Nicholas Long. Long ran a personal-best time of 2:07.63. Long also ran a personal-best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the first of two Barons to finish in an extremely competitive run. Long finished at 10:35.52, before Patrick Tansill finished at 10:37.21, also a personal best for him. Tansill took 16th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.75.
In the field, Sean Growe broke his personal record in the javelin by over five meters as he threw a final distance of 37.22 meters (122'01") and took 30th overall with a throw of 9.74 meters (31'11.5") in the shot put.
For the women. Sarah Kuepper hit a personal best in the 400-meter dash with a run of 1:18.80, four seconds faster than her previous time.
Freshman Janelle Lunde continues to drop her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time today of 1:08.93. Maria Potvin took seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 13:53.76.
"This team is full of workers," complimented head coach Vince Oliver. "We just go out each and every meet and work hard and I am extremely proud to be their coach. This team continues to glorify God in all that they do as they use their God-given talents."
After celebrating Easter, the track and field teams will compete in their final regular-season meet as they head to Bethany for a mid-week meet on April 19. After about a 10-day break, Franciscan will compete in the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship meet May 5-7 at Keystone College.