NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Not even the inevitable rain could slow down the Belmont University men's relay runners Saturday.
Racing through showers that had been threatening all day, the Bruins' 4x400-meter relay unit ran a school-record 3:15.29 to conclude the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational track and field meet. Sophomore Ryan Teague (Double Oak, Texas), senior Caleb Corprew (Midwest City, Okla.), junior Nate Nammour (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Christian Crenshaw (Memphis, Tenn.) combined to shave 3/4 of a second off the previous program best.
"We've been chasing the school record for a while, so I knew we had it in us and it'd be just a matter of time before we got it," said Crenshaw, who ran the anchor leg of the race. "I came off of a 400-hurdle race with only like an hour of rest and I was just trying to give it everything I had. I wasn't thinking about the school record, just trying to give my team the best time possible."
The fastest 4x400 relay crew in Belmont history! Congrats to Nate Nammour, Caleb Corprew, Christian Crenshaw and Ryan Teague, who ran a school record 3:15.29 at the Vandy Black & Gold Invite today. #itsbruintime @GoBelmontBruins pic.twitter.com/3020aK30Cy— Belmont Runners (@BelmontXCTF) March 24, 2018
Three of the four were part of Belmont's relay team that set the previous mark of 3:16.04 at last year's Florida Relays. Only Crenshaw was not included in that foursome, replaced instead by Andrew Garcia.
Belmont finished third overall in the relay race, which proved the top mark for the Bruins on a day of quick times and personal records.
The 800 meters alone saw three new PRs, led by junior Anthony Didion (LaPorte, Ind.) and sophomore Christian Gonzales (Orinda, Calif.). Both set personal bests for a second straight week. Didion finished in 1:55.99 to take 10th with Gonzales 12th in 1:56.14.
"It was a pretty slow start, which helps me a lot because I'm not really an 800 guy," explained Didion, who entered the event to work on his kick for 1,500-meter races later this season. "I know that a conference (1,500) race turns into a glorified 800 at the end."
Corprew had the top individual finish for the Belmont men Saturday by taking third in the 100-meter hurdles in a windy 14.56. Sophomores Alex Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Drake Mitchell (Nashville, Tenn.) were ninth and 10th with PR times of 15.10 and 15.40, respectively.
Junior Corey Claiborne (Alpharetta, Ga.) followed up his record-breaking shot put toss Friday with a fourth-place finish in the discus. He threw 43.88 meters (143-11.75). Senior javelin thrower Matt Walker (Southlake, Texas) hit 48.08 meters (157-9.25) to earn fifth in his event.
The Bruins will split their squad between a pair of invitationals next week. Most will compete in the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina with a select few qualifiers heading to the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
BELMONT MEN'S RESULTS
11. Seth Randall, so. — 11.13*
13. Jared DeVore, fr. — 11.25*
7. Nate Nammour, jr. — 48.47
11. Ryan Teague, so. — 49.71
13. Kaden Kieffer, so. — 50.25
15. Andrew Garcia, jr. — 50.49
24. Timothy Cody, fr. — 53.41
10. Anthony Didion, jr. — 1:55.99* (almost 1 sec, 2nd straight week)
12. Christian Gonzales, so. — 1:56.14* (2nd straight week)
20. Ben Williams, so. — 1:57.79
21. Sean Carroll, fr. — 1:58.16*
5. Taylor Vroon, fr. — 8:46.78
10. Daniel White, fr. — 8:52.01*
15. Jackson Vroon, fr. — 9:05.81*
-- Matt Edwards, sr. — DNF
3. Caleb Corprew, sr. — 14.56
9. Alex Miller, so. — 15.10*
10. Drake Mitchell, so. — 15.40*
6. Christian Crenshaw, sr. — 54.90
15. Khristian Vickers, fr. — 59.07*
4. Corey Claiborne, jr. — 43.88m (143-11.75)
8. Ryan Sheldon, fr. — 39.77m (130-6)*
11. Stephen Gibson, jr. — 39.06m (128-2)
5. Matt Walker, sr. — 48.08m (157-9.25)
10. Ryan Lipe, jr. — 40.11m (131-7.5)*
-- Drake Mitchell, so. — NH