Records Fall in Opening Men's Indoor Track and Field Meet

Josh Farrar (John Bell photo)
Josh Farrar (John Bell photo)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Guilford College's Josh Farrar and Yashua Clemons set school records Saturday at the College Kick-Off Classic at the JDL Fast Track. Guilford was the lone NCAA Division III team represented at the meet, which marked the Quakers' first indoor track and field competition of the season.

Farrar, a senior, placed 17th among 43 contestants in the 500-meter run with a time of one minute, 9.33 seconds. He bettered the former standard of 1:30.00 set by Levi Woodridge in 2011. Farrar also ran the lead leg in the 4x400 relay, which helped Guilford place ninth of 11 teams in 3:45.13, the eighth-fastest time in school history.

 Clemons, a freshman, placed eighth among 14 competitors in the triple jump with a leap of 12.31 meters (40' 4.75"), which topped Omari Tait's standard of 12.22 meters set at the 2011 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships.

Guilford junior Chad Norton narrowly missed breaking his own record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:22.11 that placed third in the seven-team field. He missed his own standard by 1.07 seconds. Teammate Andris Goncarovs finished fourth in the race in 15:32.64, which is the third-best time in school history. The pair also competed in the mile where Goncarovs had Guilford's best showing (8th) in the 19-man field with a time of 4:29.50 that stands fifth all-time at Guilford. Teammate David Cason finished two spots behind in 4:30.60 (the 7th-fastest time in school history) and Norton was 15th in 4:39.04.

Coach Danny Cash's Quakers are back in action Jan. 20 at the Winston-Salem State Open, which will also be contested at the JDL Fast Track.