School Records Fall at Penn Relays
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The DePaul contingent has made their mark on the 108th Penn Relays by breaking three school records in the men's and women's 10,000-meter races and the shot put. Chris Birchall set a new mark on the men's side and Erin Moffett broke the women's record on Thursday night. In Friday's action, Frank Guzman continued his outstanding outdoor season by lengthening his school record in the shot put.
Luis Samayoa opened Thursday's events for the Blue Demons by running a personal season-best 14:34.95 in the 5,000-meter run. He placed 11th in a field of 36 runners.
Moffett set her second school record of the season with a time of 34:29.41 in the women's 10,000-meter run. She eclipsed the mark of 34:49.64 set by Anne Kuiken in 1988. Earlier this season she broke the 1,500-meter run record with a time of 4:37.46 at the UNC Classic. She finished eighth in the race.
Birchall placed fourth in the men's 10,000 with a time of 29:29.85 to break the DePaul record that stood since 1984. Jim Fox held that mark for 18 years with a then-record time of 29:51.44.
Guzman extended his own shot put record with a distance of 18.59 meters (61'0") on Friday morning. He placed fifth in the competition and improved his NCAA provisional distance in the process. It also marked the second straight meet that he eclipsed the 60-foot barrier.
Carey Ryan placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 65.82 meters (213'11"). Jacob Freeman of Manhattan won the competition for the second straight year with a distance of 66.21 (217'2") meters while Charlotte's Matt Rausch was third at 64.42 meters (211'4").
The sprint medley relay team of Larry Inanga, Aaron Cherrington, Salvador Andrade and Kai Murray placed fourth in their heat with a time of 3:29.35, but failed to qualify for the finals.
Up next for the track and field teams is the Marquette Invitational on May 3 followed by the Conference USA Championships in Louisville, May 9-10.