Gash, Johnson Set School Records at Season-Opening Diplomat Open

Gash, Johnson Set School Records at Season-Opening Diplomat Open

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Stevenson men's track and field team set two school records and qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championships in several events at the season-opening Diplomat Open, hosted by Franklin and Marshall.

Junior Langston Gash shattered his previous indoor school record in the 5000m run with an ECAC-qualifying time of 15:06.37, which gave him second overall in the event. Sophomore Patrick Watson took seventh in the event with a personal-best time of 15:24.88. With his time, Watson also earned a spot into the ECAC's. 

Freshman Maurice Johnson opened up his collegiate career by setting a new school mark in the shot put with a toss of 14.80m, giving him third place and spot into the ECAC's. Johnson would also take fourth in the weight throw with a distance of 13.91, which gave him fourth place. Senior Curtis McInnis tossed a 13.61 to take sixth, while junior Forrest Allen had a personal-best throw of 13.30 to finish seventh.

Sophomore Aaron Holliday took first place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.05, while freshman Kendall Belser clocked a 7.10 to take second. Freshman Dereck Davis crossed the line in 7.11 to finish fourth. With their times, Holliday, Belser and Davis each earned a spot into the ECAC Indoor Championship.

The 4x400m relay team of Belser, freshman Sean Dodson, and juniors Matt Riggins and Vladhimir Theophile also picked up a first-place finish for the Mustangs with a combined time of 3:29.46.

Theophile and Dodson would also finish third and eighth in the 400 with times of 52.51 and 53.29, respectively. Dodson would take sixth in the 800 with 2:03.72. 

In the long jump, freshman Dimeon Wright placed third overall with a top jump of 6.69m, which was good enough to send him to the ECAC's. Junior Steven Sneed opened up his season with a 6.27.

Freshman Clement Onyebadi jumped a 6.00(ft) in the high jump to take fourth. Freshman Dimeon Wright finished fifth in the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 13.07m. 

Sophomore Iddriss Iddriss ran a 9:33.61 in the 3000m run to take 11th overall. 

The Mustangs return to action after the winter break when they compete in the Coach I Open, hosted by Franklin and Marshall, on Saturday, January 13 at 10:00 am.