LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater College men's indoor track and field record book was re-written in a number of events on Saturday as the Eagles competed on the final day of the Liberty University Open at Tolsma Indoor Track in Lynchburg, Va.
School record number one of the day fell in the mile run as sophomore Luke Sohl eclipsed the old standard in the event. Sohl crossed the line with a time of 4:20.48 to finish in fourth place overall. The Burke, Va. native was the top Division III finisher in the field and snapped Bridgewater Hall of Famer Douglas Coleman's record of 4:20.50 which stood since 1972.
Freshman Nevin Heckman also set a new school record for the Eagles in the 500 meter dash. Heckman crossed the line in a time of 1:08.08 to finish as the top Division III competitor in the field in third place.
The final record of the day was snapped with senior Tim Wisniewski's performance in the 1,000 meter run. Wisniewski crossed the finish line in fifth place in a time of 2:33.80 to snap a five-year old school record.
Senior Keith Lance was Bridgewater's top finisher in the 60 meter dash. Lance finished in 18th place overall and was the second-best Division III finisher in the field with a time of 7.25 seconds.
Junior Ben Martindell cracked the top 10 for the Eagles in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing in 10th place overall. Martindell crossed the finish line in a time of 9.11 seconds. Freshman Ronnie Mongold also competed in the event and finished in a time of 9.92 seconds, good enough for 19th place.
Lance was Bridgewater's lone competitor in the 200 meter dash. The senior finished in 23rd place in the event in a time of 24.15 seconds.
Freshman Sam Gunther was Bridgewater's top performer in the 400 meter dash, taking home a 13th place finish. Gunther crossed the line in a time of 52.74 seconds. Junior Dave Duncan also competed in the event and turned in a 30th place finish with a time of 55.69 seconds.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the Eagles took home a fifth place finish. The quartet of Gunther, Wisniewski, Heckman and Lance crossed the line with a time of 3:30.22.
Freshman Pete Monteleone was Bridgewater's top performer in the high jump. Monteleone attained a height of six feet, ½ inch to finish in a tie for 12th place overall. The freshman also competed for the Eagles in the triple jump and reached a distance of 42 feet, 9 ½ inches to crack the top 10 with a 10th place finish.
In the long jump, freshman Ethan McBryde was Bridgewater's top performer, finishing in 24th place. McBryde posted a jump of 19 feet, 8 and ¼ inches in the event.
Senior Jacob Kroko led the way for the Eagles in the shot put with a 12th place finish. Kroko threw the shot 43 feet, 10 inches to finish comfortably inside the top 15. Kroko rounded out his day with a ninth place showing in the weight throw. The senior launched the weight 47 feet, 3 ½ inches to crack the top 10.
Bridgewater is back in action on February 2 at the CNU Winter Classic on the campus of Christopher Newport University. Start time is set for 9 a.m.