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W&M Wins 4x1,500m Relay on Final Day of Colonial Relays
Updated: Sunday 04/07/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's track and field team brought the 47th Annual Colonial Relays to a close on Saturday, running one of the fastest times in school history to win the 4x1,500m relay.  The Tribe finished in a tie for 14th overall with 27 team points, while Michigan won the team title 167-149 over Bucknell and the rest of the 27 scoring teams.

The Tribe's winning 4x1,500m relay was led off by Joshua Mercado (Citrus Heights, Calif.), who battled for the lead throughout his leg before handing off to David Gunnerson (Yorktown, Va.).  Gunnerson put distance between himself and the runners behind him, but Michigan was able to open a gap of its own in the lead.  Senior Chris Tyson (Arlington, Va.) inherited that gap in second place for the third leg, but steadily began whittling it down over the final two laps.  A devastating kick around the final turn brought Tyson even with the Michigan runner, and Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) began his anchor lap by quickly moving into pole position.  The sophomore kept Michigan's anchor behind him throughout the first 1200m, and then began pulling away while on the backstretch for the first time and kept increasing his lead through the finish line.  The quartet completed the carry in 15:49.33, the 13th-fastest time in school history.

W&M also had a "B" relay in the 4x1,500m, as the aggregation of Will Bass (Nashville, N.C.), Tim Hendricks (Parkland, Fla.), Zach Tennant (Fairview, W.Va.), and Jack Anderson (Pfafftown, N.C.) ran 16:20.73 for seventh place and two team points.

Overall Colonial Relays Notes
There were 26 IC4A qualifying performances on Saturday, bringing the meet-long total to an even 100 ... With calmer winds Saturday afternoon than the vaulters on Friday faced, George Mason's Josh Trikakis won the unseeded pole vault at a height of 4.70m (15-5), two inches than the winning height from the championship flight ... The team race went down to the last two events, after Michigan and Bucknell traded the lead back and forth all day.

Saturday Event Champions

Event Performance Winner Allegiance
100m Dash 10.76 (-1.2) Brien Berry Hampton
3,000m Run 8:21.30 Andrew Bedford Unattached
110m Hurdles 14.00 (+3.7) Adams Abdulrazaaq Unattached
4x100m Relay 41.10 Hampton  
4x200m Relay 1:25.09 Hampton  
4x400m Relay 3:11.98 Pierce Sports TC  
4x800m Relay 7:32.42 Virginia Tech  
4x1,500m Relay 15:49.33 William and Mary  
Sprint Medley Relay 3:25.76 Michigan  
Distance Medley Relay 9:52.46 Virginia Tech  
Triple Jump 14.95m (+0.8) (49-0.75) Kevin Bostick Rutgers
Discus Throw 45.14m (148-1) Kirk Nguyen George Mason

Final Team Standings
1. Michigan 167
2. Bucknell 149
3. Hampton 92
4. Virginia Tech 74
5. Rutgers 68
T14. William and Mary 27

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