CENTRAL, S.C. -- Matthew Difrancesco had a day to remember in what was likely his last collegiate meet, running four of his best races at the 2019 Conference Carolinas Men's Track and Field Championship.
The senior from Coppell, Texas, earned all-conference honors with a podium finish in the 100, posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200 and anchored both relay teams to strong finishes.
- Difranceso broke his own school record in the 100, placing third with a time of 10.77. Later, he ran a 21.24 in the 200, finishing fourth, but also meeting the minimum eligibility standard for an invitation to the NCAA Championship next month.
- Earlier in the day, Difrancesco teamed with Pape Ndiaye, James Thierfelder and Tyler Richardson to place fourth in the 4x100 race. They set a school record with a time of 42.27.
- The Crusaders 4x400 team of Difrancesco, Thierfelder, Marvellous Okonne and Alex Abelos placed third with a time of 3:22.18.
- Dominic Pautler, who battled injuries all weekend, fought his way to eighth in the pole vault. He cleared 3.55 meters (11'-7.75").
- Difrancesco will await word from the NCAA on whether or not he has qualified for the championship meet. He ranks tied for 28th in the country, but a limited number of slots are available.