College Track and Field News – Guilford Competes at the UCS Invitational

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Guilford College Indoor Track and Field competed in the UCS Invitational at the JDL Fast Track all day Saturday. The meet featured teams from all three NCAA divisions, including institutions in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Jonathan Sumner, Amaris Clay, Brandon Rothfuss, and Trent Evans broke their own school record set three weeks ago on the same track with a time of 3:27.83, the third fastest in the race. The finish was just 1.55 seconds short of second place and the best Division III time.

Alex Martin (Pfafftown, N.C./Reagan) ran Guilford’s fastest 60 meter dash time of the season at 7.11 seconds. The time cracked the top-25 in the meet, finishing 24th overall in the race, fifth in the heat, and second among Division III runners in his heat. Martin also ran the second-fastest 200 meter dash time of the season, finishing with a time of 23.35 seconds.

Jonathan Sumner’s time in the 400 meter run also cracked the top-25 overall, finishing third in his heat with a time of 53.02, the third-best Division III time in the field.

Andris Goncarovs was the second-fastest Division III and Old Dominion Athletic Conference runner in the mile run, finishing with a time of 4:28.35. The finish is also the eighth-fastest in school history and the second-fastest this season.

Jennifer Thomas (Randleman, N.C./Randleman) ran her best 60 meter dash time of the season, the seventh-best in school history by .03 seconds, with a time of 8.94 seconds. Thomas also ran the best 200 meter dash time of the season, and fifth-fastest in school history, at 30.31 seconds.

Sommer Fanney (Burlington, N.C./Williams) ran Guilford’s fastest 800 meter run time this season at 2:35.84, the fourth Division III time in the race. The time was also the fourth-fastest in school history, narrowly missing a tie for third by .01 second.

Becca Benfield threw third-longest weight throw mark in program history, throwing 9.67 meters, the fourth-best Division III mark in the competition. Benfield also threw the second-best Division III mark in the shot put, the fourth-best in school history, at 8.58 meters.

The Quakers now prepare for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, which takes place March 1st at the Prince George’s Sports Complex in Landover, Md.