Kemboi & Belles Turn In Career-Best Times At The Duke Invitational
DURHAM, N.C. – The UNCG men's track and field team notched two personal records Friday at the Duke Invitational at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Spartans also posted a second place finish in the 4X800-meter relay race Saturday.
Junior Abraham Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya/Kipkabus) shattered his career-best time in the 5,000-meter distance as he won his heat in a time of 14:44.98. Kemboi trimmed over 18 seconds off his previous top time set last season at the Raleigh Relays in a time of 15:03.19.
Sophomore Dylan Belles (Denver, N.C./East Lincoln) finished third overall in the 10,000-meter race, turning in a personal-best time of 31.14.12. Belles surpassed his previous top time in the 10,000-meter distance by 90 seconds, set last season at the Southern Conference Championships. He turned in a time of 32:44.63 last year to win SoCon All-Freshman honors in the distance race.
Freshman Joshua Crawford (Fayetteville, N.C./South View) turned in a time of 3:57.86 in the 1,500-meter race to finish 14th overall while junior Tyron Alston (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) finished 17th in the race with a time of 3:59.16.
The Spartans placed second in the 4X800-meter relay, finishing just over a second behind Duke for the top spot. UNCG turned in a time of 7:38.95 from the foursome of Paul Katam (Eldoret, Kenya/Sacho), Alsotn, Crawford and Paul Chelimo (Chebiemit, Kenya/Chebiemit Boys School). Duke won the event with a time of 7:37.58.
The Spartans return to action next weekend with the Joe Hilton Invitational in Chapel Hill for their final tune-up before the Southern Conference Championships April 20-21 in Statesboro, Ga.
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