Records Fall at Phoenix Invitational

Records Fall at Phoenix Invitational

ELON, N.C. -- Dominic Pautler and Matthew Difrancesco enjoyed record-setting performances Saturday as Belmont Abbey competed in the 2019 Phoenix Invitational, hosted by Elon. Pautler established a pair of school standards, while Difrancesco broke one he held and tied another.


  • Pautler cleared 3.97m in the pole vault, topping his own record he set last April. He followed the effort with a long jump of 6.84m on his first attempt of the day. That mark stood through six jumps for a fourth-place finish in the long jump.
  • Difrancesco posted a time of 10.92 in the 100, placing sixth. In the 200, he ran the same time -- 21.86 -- that he did last week, better than his previous mark a year ago.
  • James Thierfelder was sixth in the 400, earning a spot at the Conference Carolinas Championship with a time of 49.74.
  • Daniel Grosch also posted a league qualifying time, placing 11th in the 800m. He was just under two minutes at 1:59.59.
  • Christian Keghlian earned a 12th-place standing in the 5000, posting a time of 17:26.17.
  • Belmont Abbey saw runners go 6-7-8 in the 3000 Steeplechase. Thomas Eichorn set the pace with a conference qualifying mark of 10:43.44, while Edward Genao (11:29.52) and Zack Rezk (11:58.39) were just behind.
  • Andrew Bryant was 17th in the long jump (5.65m), while Grant Menard was 22nd (5.34).
  • Freshman Ming Davis threw the javelin a Conference Carolinas qualifying mark of 41.24m
  • Belmont Abbey's 4x400 relay team of Difrancesco, Thierfelder, Grosch, Dimarcus Vilcheck finished seventh at 3:28.28.


  • Belmont Abbey wraps up its regular season next weekend at the Gamecock Invitational