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W&M's Josh Hardin Wins 5,000m at IC4A Championships
Updated: Thursday 03/04/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's track and field team wrapped up competition at the IC4A indoor championships Sunday, using three top-three finishes to jump up the leaderboard to fifth overall with 33 points.  Cornell won the team title in the 47-team event with 74 points to Connecticut's 59.  The Tribe's fifth-place finish was the best recorded at either the indoor or outdoor championships since 2000.

5,000m Run
Highlighting the day's achievements was sophomore Josh Hardin (Sterling, Va.), who won the IC4A title at 5,000m with a lifetime-best 14:04.12.  Hardin's time is the 10th-fastest ever run indoors at W&M, and ranks him fourth among athletes all-time at the College.  The win is the first indoor IC4A title since 2009 for the Tribe (Ian Fitzgerald '09 won the 1,000m), and Hardin is just the second man to win the indoor 5,000m along with Kevin Krause '94 (winner in 1991).

Also in the 5,000m, junior Alex McGrath (Marlborough, N.H.) finished second overall with a personal-best time of 14:07.65 for his second All-East award of the weekend.  McGrath's time is the 16th-fastest ever run indoors at the College, and ranks him eighth on the all-time athletes list.  Sophomore Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won his heat and placed 11th overall in 14:20.17, lifting him to 14th on the all-time athletes list at W&M.

Mile Run
In the finals of the mile run, senior Chris Tyson (Arlington, Va.) added to his collection of All-East honors with a third-place finish in 4:06.57.  The time was a lifetime-best for Tyson, and improves his position as the 12th-fastest runner in school history indoors.

William and Mary now has three weeks off to prepare for the start of the outdoor campaign.  The first meet of the spring will be the Tribe Invitational, March 23-24 in Williamsburg.









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