FAIRFAX, Virginia – Saint Louis track and field closed out the indoor season at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Championships this weekend at George Mason University.
The Billikens had nine medalists, and several school records were broken during the weekend.
The men’s team placed fourth, a program-best finish. The women were 12th.
"There is no question this was the best performance in program history for the men,” SLU head coach Jon Bell said. “They all competed hard and contributed to our fourth-place finish. It was a total team effort.
“Our women's team is taking the steps they need to take to become competitive in the Atlantic 10. I'm pleased with the way we competed. I believe as we move to the outdoor season, we will see even more improvement from our women's team.”
The women’s 4x800-meter relay team, comprised of Katherine Kelly, Emma Kidd, Hannah Rohde and Elise Moore, finished third overall with a time of 9:08.08.
SLU had two medalists in the 3,000 meters. Manuel De Backer was the runner-up, posting a time of 8:28.20. Hiob Gebisso finished third in the race, crossing the finish in a time of 8:29.13.
Colton Nettleton placed third in the 1,000 meters, crossing the finish in a time of 2:31.65.
Griffin McCurren placed third in the 500 meters with a school-record time of 1:03.72. He ran the A-10’s fastest preliminary time the night before (1:04. 23), which was also a school record.
Michael Reader earned bronze in the long jump, registering a school-record mark of 1.99 meters.
Jaryn Blackshear-Bryant improved his school record in the Heptathlon, finishing with 4,455 points.
SLU now sets its sights on the outdoor season, which opens March 17-18 with the Billiken Kickoff at the SLU Medical Center Stadium.