GW Track Sets Two New Records at Penn Relays
Tucker and DiBiasio Both Set New 5K Records at Legendary Event
DiBiasio and Tucker each broke their own program records in the 5,000-meter run on Friday, while the men's distance medley relay team of Chris Shaffer, Sawyer Biilton, Rob Craven and Ryan DePinto combined to run a strong race against a deep field on Saturday.
"Both Miranda and Ryan ran fantastic races in the 5K," said Head Coach Terry Weir. "For both of them it was their first Penn Relays experience, and I thought they handled the harsh weather conditions Thursday night terrifically with both setting personal bests and school records."
DiBiasio shattered her own program record from last year's Atlantic 10 Championship, where she earned All-Conference honors in the event, by a margin of 34 seconds. DiBiasio finished in 16:56.02 to place 19th out of 63 competitors. Her previous record was 17:30.91
"Miranda's race was a breakthrough race," said Coach Weir. "It was her first time breaking 17:00 and a huge 30-second PR for her. She ran really tough the last 1,000 meters of the race. She now has the top 5K time in the A-10 heading into the conference meet next week."
Tucker ran his 5K in 14:35.04 to place 39th in a field of 66 competitors. He bested his previous program record, set a few weeks ago at the Colonial Relays, by eight-tenths of a second (14:35.89).
"Ryan's race was a tactical one," explained Coach Weir. "He showed a lot of maturity and stayed very patient through the first two miles and put himself in the front of the pack when the race got going with 1,200 meters to go. It was an exciting race and guys just got by him in the last 80 meters. He really competed tough."
The DMR team of Shaffer, Bilton, Craven and DePinto combined to tally a time of 10:18.26, just eight seconds off GW's record, to place 24th on Saturday afternoon. Shaffer ran the 1200m leg in 3:07.79, followed by Bilton, who completed the 400m leg in 52.11. Craven then took the baton and finished the 800m leg in 1:58.67 ahead of DePinto, who ran the anchor leg and finished the mile in 4:19.71.
"Competing on a relay at Penn Relays is a special thing," said Coach Weir. "Competing in the distance medley at Penn for the first time - arguably the premier relay event at Penn - is even more exciting. This race is all about positioning and executing, and Chris did a great job on the the leadoff and put himself in the lead pack with 150 meters to go. Coming off the turn to the handoff he just didn't have that last pop and we were about 15 meters back at the handoff. Sawyer ad Rob did a good job keeping our position on the 400 and 800 legs handing off to Ryan DePinto for the mile leg. Ryan ran hard for the first three laps coming through 800 at 2:03. It cost him on his last lap, but he kept fighting to the finish. I thought they all handled the chaos and the crowd and took in the energy of racing in front 40,000 people for the first time really well."
GW will compete at next weekend's Atlantic 10 Championships in Fairfax, Virginia, hosted by George Mason University. The two-day even begins on Saturday morning.
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