Track teams setting school records

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Results from the first indoor meet of the 2010 season for the men’s and women’s track teams at the University of the Incarnate Word could herald a promising season, the coach said. At the University of Houston Indoors Invitational, “The men’s and women’s teams rewrote the indoor record book with many newcomers making an immediate mark with the program,” Coach Derek Riedel said.

Cardinals freshman Lilya Piskunova of Kazan, Russia, jumps hurdles at the University of Houston's indoor meet. (JANE CLAIRE VOSTEEN/LOGOS STAFF)

Sebastian Jaraba-Heffner, a middle-distance runner from Trefflean, France, won the 800 with a new school record 1:55.2. The junior’s time was .7 seconds off a provisional national qualifying mark. The men’s distance medley-relay smashed the 2009 school record by running 10:20. The finish left them less than a second out of a championship.

Freshman Howard Gill, a middle-distance runner from San Antonio, ran down Rice’s senior anchor to create an exciting finish. Corey McDonnough, a freshman sprinter from Port Lavaca, broke the 400 record with a 51.48 in his first indoor 400m. Christian Alicea, a junior sprinter from Converse, broke his brother George’s school record in the 200 with a 23.0. Zach Zellers, a freshman from Baytown, established a new school record in the shot-put.

“[Zellers] competed well,” Riedel said. “[He was] going toe to toe with much more experienced throwers.”

Sophomore Steven Young of San Antonio smashed the school’s record on his attempt. He red-shirted last season. The men’s 4×4 of the Alicea brothers, along with Zach Kurz of Converse and Cody Hoover of Midland, Texas, broke the school record. Gill became the first UIW male to run under nine minutes in the 3K when he ran 8:59 to break Shayn Weidner’s school record by four seconds.

Weidner, a senior from Marion, Texas, smashed his own 5K school record by 12 seconds when he ran 15:41.02 to finish fourth.

The women’s 4×4 team established a school record in an event the team has never run before. The sprinters included Lilya Piskunova of Kazan, Russia; Stacy Stanush of La Vernia, Texas; Alma Santos of Hondo, Texas; and Hayley Watts of Boerne, Texas. Piskunova, a multi-evevents competitor, established a 60m hurdle school record in 9.99.

“She nearly fell when she came out of the blocks but caught herself in time to make a comeback,” Riedel said.

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