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Mascari Sets New 5,000 Meter School Record on Day Two of the Big Blue Classic

April 5, 2014


CHARLESTON, Ill. – Sophomore John Mascari set a new school record in the 5000 meter run, as the Sycamore men sit second with 61 points, while the women are tied for fourth with 16 points. Eastern Illinois leads the women’s team race with 35 points, while the Eastern Illinois men have 64 points.


Mascari ran a time of 14:18.37 for 5,000 meters to break Justin Kunz’s record of 14:22.43 from 2007. Mascari was followed by teammates Al Escalera and Tristan Selby for a 1-2-3 finish in the race. Escalera ran 14:40.46 and Selby ran 14:44.57.


“Our highlight of the day was John’s school record in the 5,000 meter run,” said Men’s Head Coach John McNichols. “He had a rabbit for a little under a mile, but after that (John) ran alone for over two miles in the cold and windy conditions. Al and Tristan ran great races as well.”


Senior Max Tuttle placed second in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 54.37 seconds with junior Arqeil Shaw third in a time of 54.89 seconds and junior Ray Skamay sixth in 55.90 seconds.


Freshman Alethia Marrero won the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:02.89, while senior Amy Fanella was ninth in a time of 1:05.92.


Senior Mary Theisen placed third in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 172 feet 8 inches. Senior Chris Fields placed fourth in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 188 feet 11.75 inches and sophomore Sean Dennis placed fifth with a toss of 171 feet 00.25 inches.


Sophomore Elizabeth Herron led the way in the women’s heptathlon, as she placed third with a score of 3579 points with freshman Kari Zimmerman right behind her with 3516 points. Senior Kelly Steffen came into the day leading, but did not finish as she was doing the first day only to better prepare for the conference meet.


The competition will conclude Saturday, starting with the men’s javelin at 10:00 a.m. (CT) and ending with the men’s 4 x 400 meter relay at 5:50 p.m. (CT).


For daily recaps of the action in Charleston follow live Twitter updates @IndStTrackField. Live results will be posted on the Eastern Illinois athletic website. 

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