UNCG Christopher is Back-to-Back 10k Champion, Spartans Shine on Day One of SoCon Championships
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s and women’s track & field teams had seven Spartans compete on day one of the Southern Conference (SoCon) Outdoor Championship.
The highlight on the men’s side was fifth year Dylan Christopher winning his second-straight 10,000-meter individual championship. He crossed the finish line .21 ahead of East Tennessee State’s Evan Guzman with a time of 31:36.09 making it a complete photo finish.
Last year, Christopher won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:48.12, picking up the Spartans’ first outdoor title since two-time Olympian Paul Chelimo claimed the 1,500-meter run at the 2012 SoCon meet.
He is the first two-time & back-to-back SoCon champion on the men’s side, while Ashley Schnell was the first Spartan to accomplish the feat in 2011 and 2012 in the 1,500-meter run.
Sophomore Ethan Long also earned points for the Spartans as he finished seventh out of 12 competitors in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:26.35.
20. Elijah Jones – 23.34
1. Dylan Christopher – 31.36.09
7. Ethan Long – 32.26.35 debut
On the women’s side, two of four Spartans that ran in the 800-meter run qualified for finals tomorrow. Sophomore Reagan O’Quinn qualified with a personal best time of 2:13.86, four seconds faster than her previous personal record. She finished third out of 18 competitors.
Fifth year Chandler McCaslin placed fourth to also qualify for finals tomorrow in the 800-meter run with her personal best time of 2:14.11.
3. Reagan O’Quinn – 2:13.86 – qualified PB
4. Chandler McCaslin – 2:14.11 – qualified PB
12. Shay Soukup – 2:21.29
14. Laila Burk – 2:23.02
UNCG will compete in day two of the SoCon Championships tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9 at the Catamount Athletic Complex. The track portion of the championship will begin at 4:00 p.m. Tomorrow, the meet will be broadcast on ESPN+ starting at 3:30 p.m.
Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications