Guilford Men Challenge Season-best Marks at Liberty University Open

Goncarovs, Norton (John Bell photo)
Goncarovs, Norton (John Bell photo)

LYNCHBURG, Va.---Guilford College's men's indoor track and field team challenged several season-high marks at the Liberty University Open, which concluded Saturday.  The meet featured NCAA Division I, II, and III schools including five Old Dominion Athletic Conference members.

Andris Goncarovs (15:31.05) led the Quakers and Division III runners in Friday's 5,000-meter run with a second-place finish overall. Goncarovs' mark was almost nine seconds off the season-best time. Chad Norton (15:45.26) finished fourth overall, while David Cason (15:49.30) placed fifth.  Both Norton and Cason only trailed Goncarovs amongst Division III competition.

Goncarovs (4:29.71) placed fourth among Division III contestants in the mile run, .21 seconds off his season-best mark. Cason (4:32.05) finished sixth amongst Division III competitors, 1.45 seconds off his season-best time.

Sherod Johnson (24.52 seconds) earned the Quakers' second-best mark this season in the 200-meter dash, missing the season-best by .78 seconds.

In the field, Alex Smith (6.29 meters) placed third amongst Division III competitors in the long jump, the best mark by a Guilford jumper in two years. Smith (12.96 meters) finished fourth among Division III jumpers and missed his season and school-best mark by .17 meters.

Guilford returns to action Feb. 1-2 in the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.