The SU Men’s Indoor Track team was invited to compete in Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational Saturday, and the team took full advantage of the opportunity, adding a school record and a number of standout performances on the big stage.
The 4x400-meter relay was the Red Raiders’ top mark of the day, with the quartet of seniors Eric Bologa, Andrew Kujawski, Robert Bales and sophomore Tim Usher running 3:12:52 for the school record.
That time is 2.4 seconds faster than the record that was set just last season, but only resulted in a third place finish in the race.
Individual performances were key to the Red Raiders’ big day as well. Sophomore Kieran Sutton ran the 3K in 8:13.91, improving upon his PSAC-leading performance from earlier this season.
Senior Ryan Spangler ran a 4:12.35 mile, qualifying as a NCAA-provisional time that ranks among the Top 30 times in Division II this season.
While the track athletes stood out, the field athletes were not to be outdone, accomplishing their own impressive feats.
Junior LeQuan Chapman achieved a new personal record in the triple jump by a centimeter, posting a mark of 49 feet, 5 ½ inches. Chapman finished third overall in the event, and added a NCAA-provisional long jump of 23 feet, 8 1/4 inches later in the competition.
In the high jump competition, junior Jalen Ramsey was victorious, clearing a height of 6 feet, 10 ¾ inches, a performance that has him eighth on the Division II performance list.
SU competes at Kutztown on Saturday in its final meet before the PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championships at the end of February.