5 Conference Titles | One Academic All-American | One All-American

Relay record falls as Centre men open outdoor track season

Relay record falls as Centre men open outdoor track season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – This weekend marked the start of the Centre men's outdoor track and field season as the Colonels competed at the Rhodes Invitational against a field comprised of schools spanning all divisions. Because all divisions were represented, the meet was not scored, but the Colonels still came away with impressive performances, including one record-breaking relay.

In the men's 4x800m relay, the team of seniors Christian Apel (Milton, Ky.) and Nathan Riggs (Campbellsville, Ky.), sophomore Collin Wells (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Noel Dingle (Lexington, Ky.) set a new program record in the event with a time of 8:09.01.

The 110m hurdles saw a pair of Centre freshmen stand out as Patrick Gago (Cookeville, Tenn.) posted a time of 16.03 and Thomas Jordan (Birmingham, Ala.) finished right behind him at 16.04. Sophomore Thomas Burkey (Greeneville, Tenn.) finished just outside the top 15 overall with a time of 16.54.

Junior Rhoman James (Lexington, Ky.) clocked in at 11.09 in the first 100m dash of the outdoor season, good for 17th overall but third among Division III competitors in the field. James also posted a time of 22.26 in the 200m.

In the high jump, Thomas Burkey posted a top ten overall finish, clearing 6-02.00 to finish in ninth place. Junior William Blackford (Louisville, Ky.) had an excellent day in the triple jump, finishing seventh overall by clearing an even 42 feet.

Sophomore Carter Broome (Charleston, Tenn.) had a productive day in the hammer, finishing 17th overall with a throw of 125-08. In the javelin, William Blackford finished 15th overall with a throw of 151-07.

The Colonels will have the next week off but will return to action on Mar. 31 as they head to Indiana to compete in the Hanover Invitational.