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Men's Track Has Two Named All-East Saturday at IC4A Championships
Updated: Wednesday 03/03/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's track and field team opened up competition Saturday at the IC4A Championships in Boston, collecting two All-East honors and advancing one of its two preliminary runners to Sunday's finals.  In the team race, Liberty holds a one point lead over Bucknell and Duquesne, 16-15, while the Tribe is tied with Manhattan for sixth with nine points.

3,000m Run
In the finals of the 3,000m run, junior Alex McGrath (Marlborough, N.H.) and sophomore Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each ran a lifetime-best to earn All-East honors.  McGrath crossed the line in 8:10.41 for fourth place, the 12th-fastest performance ever at W&M.  Gunzenhauser was right behind him in fifth, running 8:10.64 for 13th on the College's fastest times list.  On the all-time athletes ranking, the pair are now eighth and ninth, respectively.

Mile Run
In the prelims of the mile, senior Chris Tyson (Arlington, Va.) led his heat from the gun and won in 4:10.66 to qualify for Sunday's finals.  After taking the race out easy in 2:08 for the first half-mile, Tyson closed with quarters of 62 and 60 to keep the lead and advance to try for more All-East honors.

1,000m Run
The Tribe also had a pair of near misses Saturday, first in the prelims of the 1,000m run.  Sophomore David Gunnerson (Yorktown, Va.) placed fourth in his heat in 2:28.14, and ended up 10th overall while the top nine runners advanced to Sunday's finals.  The final qualifier was just .13 seconds ahead.

Long Jump
In the long jump, junior Ben Katz (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) missed All-East honors by just two centimeters, one inch, placing ninth overall with a leap of 6.91 meters (22-8).  Three of Katz' four legal attempts were measured at 6.91m.

Sunday will see the Tribe competing for All-East honors in three events.  In addition to Tyson's finals run in the mile, Katz will compete in the high jump, and four men are entered in the 5,000m.

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