Runners break school records at Abilene meet

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Catherine Hoang
Contributing Writer

This past weekend, the University of Dallas track team traveled to Abilene, Texas, for the Hardin-Simmons University Invitational.

The team ran a strong meet, with two runners breaking school records.

Sophomore Mary Jones took first place in the women’s 5000-meter run with a time of 21:13.

“For the first two miles, I stayed right behind the leader,” said Jones. “With three laps to go, I took the lead, and I really went hard and pushed it to the point where it really hurt.”

Junior Matt Barber broke the school record in the men’s 400-meter dash, running a time of 51.17 seconds.

Cory Grant set the previous record of 51.36 seconds in 2007. Barber is proud of his accomplishment, but looks forward to doing better.

“[Breaking the record] feels good, but I know I have a lot of work to do,” he said. “I would like to be top three in conference in the 400 and the 200, so around a 50.0 and a 22.5, ideally. Trusting Coach’s workouts is the main way to get there.”

The women finished in fifth place overall, and the men took seventh. Freshman Katie Hand placed third behind Jones in the 5000-meter (22:17), and Clare Myers finished the women’s 800-meter run at 2:35.

Junior Clinton Heyer took seventh place in the men’s 1500-meter run (4:23). Anthony Liberto placed 13th in the men’s 800-meter run (2:19).

“I think we did pretty well. We’re all getting better,” said Barber. “While we usually won’t compete for points at a lot of the meets during the year, we will at Conference because all of these meets have a bunch of [great] Division two teams.”

Next week, the team will compete at the Oklahoma Baptist University Open in Shawnee, Okla.

“If we continue to work hard, we will improve throughout the season,” said Coach Buchhorn.  “When it comes to conference [play, we will] show the other teams out there that we are the school to watch out for.”

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