HPU Track Recaps: Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational

Bouchrak Breaks School Record in 3000m Run Which Had Stood Since 2005

LYNCHBURG, V.A. — High Point University Track & Field finished two days of competition in Lynchburg, VA at the Darius Dixon Invitational at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex. The Darius Dixon Invitational for the Panther men was highlighted by Houcine El Bouchrak who broke the Panthers school record in the indoor 3000m run with a time of 8:12.64. Bouchrak broke Olympian Taylor Milne’s record, which had stood since 2005. Bouchrak finished in 16th place overall in the 3000m run. Also, Chris Van Niekerk continued his strong indoor season and finished in first place in the men’s shot put with a throw of 18.24m.

Panther Particulars

Paul Gore finished in fifth place in the 200m final with a time of 21.63. Gore also finished in seventh place in the 60m final with a time of 6.89 seconds.

Gabriel Ludwick set a personal best in the 800m run with a time of 1:53.24. Lorenzo Botter set a personal best in the mile run with a time of 4:15.39, more than 3 seconds faster than his prior best mark.

Hunter Steinau set a massive personal best in the 3000m run with a time of 8:29.77, breaking his prior fastest time by over 20 seconds.

High Point’s distance medley relay team, which consisted of Ludwick, Bobby Dupell, Jonny House, and Graham Ferguson finished in third place with a time of 10:04.24.


The Panthers will split their squad for two meets next weekend (Feb 18-19). The majority of the squad will head back to Virginia Tech University at Rector Fieldhouse to compete in the Virginia Tech Challenge. A smaller group of Panthers will compete locally in Winston-Salem, NC at the JDL DMR Invite.