WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's track and field program paid tribute to its senior class here Saturday in the final home meet of the season at Thomas O. Berg Track but it was a freshman that stole the show.
GU freshman long-distance runner Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) broke a school record that stood for 35 years in the 10,000-meter run. Kingstedt was cruising in the event and pumped himself up going into the third turn of the final lap as he headed towards the home stretch. Kingstedt made the final turn and darted to the finish line with the supportive crowd cheering him on. He finished in 32 minutes, 22.81 seconds to beat the old school mark of 32:31.0 set by Gallaudet Hall of Famer Gregory Warren. The old mark was set on April 25, 1981, at the Mount St. Mary's Open in Emmitsburg, Md.
Kingstedt has erased Warren's name from the school record board as he now holds the top marks in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs.
Frostburg State University won the men's competition with 201 team points earned in 19 events scored. Gallaudet was second with 114 points followed by Hood College (90), Catholic University of America (51), University of Maryland Eastern Shore (43), Stevenson University (31), U.S. Naval Academy (10), Pacers/New Balance club (eight) and Southwest Sprinters TC (six).
Freshman Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.) won the men's shot put with a toss of 13.24 meters and he finished third in the discus throw (35.39 meters). Garner also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.19) followed by junior John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) in third place (18.08).
Sophomore Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) finished second in the 200-meter dash (22.57) and was third in the 100-meter dash (11.32).
Gallaudet swept the two relays as the team of Montray Roberts (Dallas, Texas), Varice, senior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) and sophomore Shawn Benavente (Phoenix, Ariz.) won the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 44.38 seconds.
The quartet of Isaacson, Garner, Close and Benavente won the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:35.41 to edge out Frostburg in second place (3:36.83). Benavente passed Frostburg's Marcus Linn in the home stretch for the win.
Prior to the start of the running events, the Gallaudet track and field program paid tribute to its senior class of Close, Todd Collins (East Islip, N.Y.), Joseph Gardner (Port Jervis, N.Y.), Leo Parnell (Boston, Mass.) and Hayden Shock (Burke, Va.).
- Isaacson was third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.34)
- Benavente finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (53.88)
- Freshman Vicente Perez was third in the 3,000-meter run (10:18.93)
- Perez was sixth in the 1,500-meter run (4:33.28)
- Roberts was seventh in the long jump (5.40 meters)
- Parnell was sixth in the shot put (9.83 meters) followed by sophomore Dane Pelz (Oregon, Ohio) in seventh (9.64) and Gardner in eighth (8.49)
- Sophomore Naod Getachew (Somerville, Mass.) was 12th in the discus throw with a toss of 22.70 meters
- Gardner placed 13th in the discus (20.55 meters)
- Pelz was ninth in the hammer throw (17.72 meters)
- Getachew was fifth in the javelin (29.16 meters) followed by Isaacson in sixth (28.75) and Shock in seventh (26.52)
Gallaudet concludes its team schedule with today's meet. A select few will attend a last chance meet in May to compete for a chance to qualify for the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Waverly, Iowa. GU is slated to attend the Roanoke/Virginia Tech Twilight Qualifier on May 5 and the Salisbury University Elite Meet on Thursday, May 19.