MONTREAT, N.C. -- Dominic Pautler and Matthew Difrancesco set school records Saturday, highlighting Belmont Abbey's day at the Montreat Invitational track meet. Pautler bested his record in the pole vault, while Difrancesco topped his own mark of in the 200-meter dash.
- Pautler vaulted 3.90 meters (12'-9.5"), over three inches more than his previous best of 3.82m (12'-6.25"). His mark earned him sixth place. The sophomore also posted Conference Championship qualifying marks in the long jump and javelin. He came up just short of a second record, placing fifth in the long jump. His distance of 6.73 meters (22'-1") was 1 1/4 inches shy of his best mark last spring. In the javelin, Pautler was eighth, throwing 46.79m (153'-6").
- Difranceso posted a time of 21.68 seconds in the 200, placing third overall. James Thierfelder finished 12th in 22.54.
- Daniel Grosch placed fifth in the 800 meters, covering the distance in a time of 1:59.32. His time earned him a spot in the Conference Carolinas Championship next month.
- Thomas Eichorn ran the 1500-meter race in 4:19.54, placing 19th. His time met the Conference Carolinas Championship standard as well.
- Christian Keghlian placed 12th in the 5000, running 17:31.35
- Belmont Abbey had three runners in the top 15 of the 3000-meter steeplechase, posting consecutive finishes. Edward Genao was 11th in 11:27.66, Zack Rezk was 12th in 11:30.88 and Justin Haggerty was 13th in 11:34.67.
- The 4x100 relay team of Pape Ndiaye, Thierfelder, Tyler Richardson and Difrancesco was third in 42.34 seconds, while the 4x400 team (Aspen Dillard, Richardson, Thierfelder and Difrancesco) was fifth (3:29.31).
- Dillard qualified for the Conference Carolinas Championship. He finished 10th in the high jump, clearing 1.82m (5'-11.5").
- Andrew Bryant earned a top 20 spot with a leap of 5.89 meters (19'-4").
- Ming Davis finished 16th in the javelin. He covered 39.95m (131'-1").
- Belmont Abbey competes at Elon's Phoenix Invitational next weekend.