Six Noles post top 10 performances at Virginia Challenge

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – The FSU track and field team had a productive first day at the Virginia Challenge, as six distance runners posted FSU’s top ten all-time performances Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va.

“I’m really pleased with our performance today,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We always want to set a time for regionals, and we did that today with several FSU top ten performances.”

Matthew Owens was the first of six Noles to post a top-ten performance on Saturday night. Owens clocked a personal best 8:51.40 in the 3000m steeplechase. Owen moved up to No. 5 on FSU’s all-time list just two weeks after his previous personal best at the Florida Relays.

Amanda Beach is quietly having a very productive season for the Noles. After placing in the top ten in the 10,000m on March 25 at the Raleigh Relays, Beach posted another top ten, this time in the 5,000m. Beach moved up to No. 9 on the top ten list with a time of 16:09.70.

In the men’s 10,000m race, the Noles had four athletes entered and all four set personal bests. Caleb Pottorff (29:09.80) and Silas Griffith (29:10.89) each broke their previous record and moved up to No. 9 and No. 10 on FSU’s all-time list. Zach Leachman (29:23.26) and Paul Stafford (31:13.47) also posted personal bests.

Rebecca Clark (34:13.93) and Erin Phelps (34:18.48) weren’t going to be left behind in the women’s 10,000m. Both runners posted personal bests and are now No. 9 and No. 10 on the school’s all-time list.

The Noles had an athlete competing at the Crimson Tide Invitational today in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Megan Cook competed in the hammer and finished with a throw of 57.85m.

The Noles will begin the competition in Tuscaloosa tomorrow at 10 a.m. Ruby Stauber will be the only athlete competing tomorrow at the Virginia Challenge. She will run the 800m at 4:25 p.m.

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