Casey Splane, The Circuit
Benedictine’s track and field team netted a handful of school records and several runners qualified for the national competition in the Fred Beile Classic hosted by Doane College.
“Across the board we did a pretty good job,” said head coach Henry Brun. “One of the big highlights was Will Wallace.”
Wallace, a senior, took second place in the 600 meter run, an event he has just recently started competing in, and broke the school record with a time of 1:22.31 and met the “B” standard for the national meet.
“His work ethic is unbelievable,” Brun said of Wallace.
Wallace credits the new training regimen that has been put in place since Brun has taken over to his and his teammates improvement.
“I think as a team we’ve been competing at a higher caliber,” Wallace said. “I’m a different athlete this year than I was last year.”
Wallace was not the only one to break a school record this weekend.
Senior Bob Bartush broke the school record in the 1,000 meter run, which was set last weekend by sophomore John Danner, with a time of 2:34.87.
On the women’s side, senior Hannah Pinkerton met the “B” standard for nationals with her third place finish with a time of 3:02.35.
Junior Katherine Dillard improved on her time in the mile run with a time of 5:07.16 and earned a second place finish. Dillard had previously qualified for nationals.
Benedictine squad now turns their sights toward this weekend’s Heart Conference meet.
“Every team has their best runner racing for the top eight spots.” Brun said. “The men we’re looking for a third or fourth place finish for them and for the women they have a legitimate shot at winning – the first every conference title for the school.”