GRINNELL, Iowa – How good was the men’s distance medley relay field at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Grinnell?
Not only did event champion Bowdoin break the NCAA meet record in the event, but so did the top seven finishers. Bowdoin’s quartet of Coby Horowitz, Matthew Gamache, Colin Fong and Matthew Hilliard ran the race in 9:59.67 to break the meet mark of 10:05.72 set by Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2009. Bowdoin won the race in nail-biting fashion, edging Wisconsin-Stevens Point by .03.
Other schools breaking the record were Bates, Middlebury, MIT, Wisconsin-La Crosse and North Central (Ill.)
Individual champs Friday were North Central’s Josh Winder in the pole vault (5.16 meters/16-11), Wartburg’s Jonas Elusme in the long jump (7.28 meters/23-10 ¾) and Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Tyler Genovese in the weight throw (20.01 meters/65-7 ¾).
Two-time defending champion North Central leads the team standings with 24 points, nine ahead of runner-up Wisconsin-Eau Claire.