Dylan Lafond Earns NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark In 3000 Meter Steeplechase

Dylan Lafond Earns NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark In 3000 Meter Steeplechase

Mount Olive freshman Dylan Lafond is making sure the Trojans are well-represented in the NCAA Men's Track and Field Championships in Colorado next month. For the third time in as many weeks, Lafond recorded a provisional qualifying mark, this time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C.

Lafond was already having a big weekend when the steeplechase started. On Friday, Lafond set a school record in the 1,500 meters with a mark of 3:55.31. In the steeplechase, he had to overcome a fall into the water pit and still managed to post a time of 9:06.67, another school record, and another event at the NCAA's.

Nine different runners set personal bests in the two-day event that was primarily Division I athletes. Joining Lafond in the steeplechase was Chris Menjares, who posted a mark of 9:56.55, a personal best.

Caleb Henderson set two marks in Saturday's competition, finishing the 400 meters in 49.13 seconds, then posting a distance of 6.89 meters in the long jump.

Also in the field events, Nick Mac Adam and Scottie Harris shined in the jumps. Mac Adam set a personal best in the long jump (6.67 meters) while Harris' leap of 13.89 in the triple jump was also a new mark.

In the sprints, Stedmond Hampton posted a new personal best in 23.34 seconds.

In Friday afternoon's distance runs, Ronnie Sturgill (15:09.33) and Mike Munoz (15:20.96) set personal marks in the 5,000 meters. In the 10,000, Nick Springston (34:32.54) and Cirilo Perez (34:44.88) posted top marks.

The Trojans return to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Chanticleer Classic, hosted by Coastal Carolina University next Saturday.