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Men's Track and Field Takes 13th at NCAA National Championships; Gray Produces All-American Awards

Men's Track and Field Takes 13th at NCAA National Championships; Gray Produces All-American Awards

Men's Track and Field Takes 13th at NCAA National Championships; Gray Produces All-American Awards

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The men's track and field season concluded with a 13th place showing at the NCAA Division III national championships.  Sophomore Bruce Gray competed Saturday for the Panthers, taking third place in the 100 meter dash before concluding the championships with fourth place in the 200 meter dash.

Entering the 100 with the third fastest time of its competitiors, Gray finished third, giving Greenville six points in the team standings and temporarily lifting them to the 11th place team score.

He ran 10.94 seconds in the event.  The first and second place winners were separated by just eight thousandths of a second, both running 10.77.

Later in the 200 meter dash, Gray placed fourth, gaining another All-American award and giving Greenville five points.  He improved by one spot on his fifth place ranking in the preliminaries.

Gray's 200 meter time was 21.45 seconds.  He was just four thousandths of a second from the third place mark.  The winning time of 20.81 seconds was posted by Sean Bernstein of Oneonta.

Gray's performance pushed Greenville's total to 16 team points, which was the 11th highest team score following his competition.  The All-American honors were the fourth and fifth of Gray's Greenville College career, putting him on pace to become the most decorated track and field athlete in Greenville College history.  Edgar Townsend holds the GC record with seven All-American honors.

The 2013 outdoor men's track and field season featured weekly national rankings by the USTFCCCA, reaching a high of No. 11 on May 1. The 13th place overall finish was the second best in Greenville College men's track and field history, second only to the seventh place showing in 2003.

This story was published on May 25, 2013




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