DMR School Record Falls On New Balance Collegiate Invitational First Day

Howell took part in the school-breaking distance medley relay.

Howell took part in the school-breaking distance medley relay.

Feb. 3, 2012

NEW YORK CITY - The women's school record in the distance medley relay was absolutely blown away on the first day of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, one of the premier events of the indoor track and field center.

Head coach Dan Flaute put together a stacked relay team of junior Rachel Clark, seniors Brittani Peltz, Kelsey Erlenbaugh, and Caylin Howell that beat the old school record by nearly 12 seconds. The Musketeers finished third in the event with a time of 11:42.54 in the first time running in the event of the season.

The next strongest performance of the day was turned in by men's sprinter Nick Williams. He finished the 200-meter college preliminaries with a season-best time of 22.03 and finished seventh, just one spot from making the finals of the event. He also ran in the 60-meter dash and placed 19th out of 74 runners with an impressive 7.03 seconds.

Peltz finished her day with the DMR after running in the 400-meter dash earlier that day. In that event she clocked a time of 58.22 and placed 40th out of 101 runners who finished the race. Her classmate Emily Tyler ran in the 60-meter dash (8.14) and clocked a 9.19 in the 60-meter hurdles.

Also competing duel races during the first of the event were seniors Evan Betts and Kurtis Polacek. Betts ran in the 400-meter dash preliminaries and put in a time of 52.07 and followed it with an 8.58 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims. Polacek took part in the 60-meter dash (7.35) and 200-meter dash (24.08).



Sophomore Suzanne Shelley turned in a season-best time of 1:18.57 in the 500-meter dash, while Erlenbaugh had a 3:00.78 in the 1,000-meter run, and sophomore Adi Taraska threw a 11.29 meters in the shot put.

The New Balance Collegiate Invitational resumes Saturday with the Musketeers running several events.