Track Combines for Three New Records at Penn Relays
DiBiasio (5000m) and Brown (3000m) set individual records while men's DMR team shatters school record
PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington men's and women's track teams combined to go a perfect three-for-three in setting new program records at the 123rd Penn Relays this weekend at Franklin Field.
The historic event inside the legendary confines of Franklin Field have been friendly to the Colonials over the past two years. Last season, two program records were shattered at the 122nd running of the event.
On Thursday night, junior Miranda DiBiasio broke her own program record in the 5,000-meter run which was set at last year's Penn Relays. DiBiasio finished in 14th place out of 63 competitors with a time of 16:47.30, which shattered her previous mark (16:56.02) by nine seconds.
"The Penn Relays seems to be Miranda's meet," said head coach Terry Weir. "She set another big PR this year after having a breakthrough race in the same event last year. She is crazy fit right now and the exciting thing is we both believe she is ready to go even faster with some more racing."
Sophomore Halley Brown also put forth a record-setting performance in an individual event. She finished the 3,000-meter run in 9:48.76 to claim 15th place out of 24 competitors. The previous record was held by Ariana North (10:27.64) at the 2015 Maryland Invitational.
"The 3K is typically run more indoors than outdoors, but I believe Halley raced fantastic and competed really well in the late part of the race," said Weir. "It was a 25-second PR since she last ran the 3K in January. We are really excited for Halley with the way she has been training and racing this season."
The men's Distance Medley Relay squad rounded out GW's record-setting weekend on Friday afternoon with a seventh-place finish out of 26 competing schools. The quartet of Carter Day, Ed Delavergne, Colin Wills and Chris Shaffer finished in 9:57.43, to break the previous record of 10:10.82, at at the 2016 Colonial Relays.
"The men's DMR is arguably the most prestigious event at the Penn Relays and I thought our guys really stepped up and competed on a big stage like this," said Weir. "Carter led off for us and led the race from the gun, he split 3:02 which is a tick over a four-minute mile pace for 1200 meters. He handed off in the lead. Ed ran the 400 leg for us and had a huge race. He ran just about two seconds faster than he has all year, and came through when we needed him the most. Colin ran the 800 leg for us and I liked how he was being aggressive. I thought he handled it well as a freshman. Chris anchored us and he had a tremendous race. He paced himself well and ran confidently to put us back into the race. He split 4:07 which was one of the fastest mile splits in the college section. He led us off last year and I think that experience helped him handle the anchoring duties this time around."
Both the men's and women's teams now turn their attention to next weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship, Saturday-Sunday in Amherst, Massachusetts.
"When you go to a meet like the Penn Relays and come back home with everyone running their best ever, but knowing there is more in the tank, that's a good place to be heading into the Atlantic 10 Championship."
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