Benkert and Nummela best school record in 1,500 meters at Arkansas

Fayetteville, Ark. – Both Brennan Benkert and Aki Nummela ran faster than the school record in the 1,500 meters as the Lions competed at the University of Arkansas Twilight tonight in Fayetteville.

Benkert finished tenth in the event, but was the top division II time with a mark of 3:48.73. The time is a new school record, breaking Nummela's record of 3:50.06 he set earlier in the season on this very same track.  Benkert now ranks first in the MIAA and 6th in division II in the 1,500 meters. It is a provisional in the event. 

Nummela finished 12th in the event and had a time faster than his previous record with a mark of 3:49.59. The time is a provisional in the event and ranks second in the MIAA and 10th in division II.

Corey Reynolds had the top collegiate height and placed second in the high jump with a height of 6-7, while Jordan Patton and Maurlon Bembry were fifth and 19th respectively in the 100m. 

James Coleman placed sixth, but was the top division II performer with a provisional distance of 165-10 in the discus and Andrew Gassen was eighth in the javelin. Taylor McClelland was 12th in the long jump and Kyle Hancock placed 11th in the hammer. Seth Hackney placed sixth in the shot put, while Hancock was 10th.

The Lions 4x100 meter relay team placed third with a time of 41.06, while Nick Niggeman placed 16th in the 5k. Kevin Wright, D'Angelo Wood, Andrew Wright and Jacob Khan placed 13th, 20th, 23rd and 25th, respectively in the 400m.

The Lions will be back in action next weekend at the 2010 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Pittsburg State.