NEW YORK - For the first time in program history, the Marist College men's indoor track team has qualified both the distance medley relay and 3,200-meter relay for the IC4A Championships in the same season. The Red Foxes earned the qualifying marks in both relay events at this weekend's Armory Collegiate Invitational.
The team of senior Arquimedes DelaCruz, senior Matt Panebianco, sophomore David Marthy and graduate student William Griffin started off the weekend by placing third out of 16 teams in the distance medley relay in 10:05.61. It was the highest placement in the meet in school history. The relay team's time easily bettered the IC4A mark of 10:19.70, and it was just shy of the four-year-old school record of 10:04.20, set at this meet in 2009.
DelaCruz led off the relay with a crowded 1,200-meter leg in 3:07.0. He had to navigate through the large field and handed off in the top half of the race. Panebianco sprinted to a 51.8-second 400-meter split. Marthy split 1:55.3 in the 800-meter leg, before Griffin anchored with a 1,600-meter leg in 4:11, storming into third place over the final 50 meters.
Less than 24 hours later, the same foursome made history by qualifying the 3,200-meter (4x800-meter) relay on Saturday with a 12th place time of 7:50.78; the IC4A standard is 7:53.00. DelaCruz led off with a split of 1:58.8. Marthy followed in 1:56.1. Panebianco (1:57.1) and Griffin (1:58.2) rounded out the team effort.
Other Marist athletes who competed during the weekend:
-- Alex Cunningham, 18th out of 39 athletes in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds.
-- Jesse Aprile, 55th in the 60-meter dash in 7.44 seconds.