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W&M Men's Track and Field Rewrites Record Books at UVA Challenge
Updated: Saturday 05/13/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's track and field team wrapped up the regular season this weekend at a pair of meets, with three athletes competing at the IC4A Championships in Princeton, and a handful more at the UVA Challenge in Charlottesville on Saturday.

IC4A Championships
At the IC4A Championships, sophomores Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Joshua Mercado (Citrus Heights, Calif.) ran Friday night in the 5,000m and 10,000m, respectively, while junior Ben Katz (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) competed in Sunday's high jump.  Mercado was 17th in the 10,000m with a time of 31:11.06, while Gunzenhauser took 21st at 5,000m in 14:34.15.  In the high jump, Katz was unable to clear the opening bar at 2.03 meters (6-8).

UVA Challenge
The UVA Challenge on Saturday saw three of W&M's middle-distance and distance runners in action, as well as freshman Brian Waterfield (Chesapeake, Va.) in the shot put and hammer throw.

-The most exceptional performances came in the 1,500m run, where senior Chris Tyson (Arlington, Va.) ran a personal-best by more than 3.4 seconds to cross the line 11th in 3:43.12.  Tyson's improvement vaulted him up the Tribe record books to sixth in school history, just ahead of all-time great Hal Michael '72, and it was the 16th-fastest 1,500m ever run at the College.  Tyson now ranks 20th in the NCAA East Region.  Also in the 1,500m, junior John Muller (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) improved his own lifetime-best by 1.8 seconds, crossing the line in 3:48.83.

-In the 5,000m, CAA Champion Alex McGrath (Marlborough, N.H.) took fourth overall in 14:08.04, an outdoor-best by more than 12.2 seconds and less than half a second behind his lifetime-best.  McGrath now ranks 13th in school history all-time in the outdoor 5,000m.

-In the hammer throw, Brian Waterfield was second overall just about a foot behind his career-best with a throw of 46.75m (153-4).  He also came back to compete later in the day in the shot put, finishing sixth with a put of 15.12m (49-7.25).

Next up for the Tribe is the NCAA Championship East Preliminaries, to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, in two weeks (May 24-26).  Final declarations will be announced later this week, with the top 48 declared athletes in each event making the preliminary field.  The top 12 finishers in each event will then advanced to the NCAA Finals, June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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