Williams wins third SoCon indoor title to lead UNCG at conference meet
CLEMSON, SC – Jeff Williams completed a three-peat Sunday, winning the 800 meter indoor title for the third consecutive year to highlight UNC Greensboro’s performance at the Southern Conference Indoor Track Championships on Sunday.
Williams, a senior from South Plainfield, NJ, finished third in qualifiying Saturday to advance to the round of eight and then won the final race on Sunday with a time 1:54.05, nearly three-tenths of a second faster than Appalachian State’s Adam VanNortwick. Williams also won the SoCon’s 800 meter outdoor title last year to earn a spot at the NCAA East Regional meet.
In other action Saturday, Xavier Rutz and Josh Wyatt scored points for the Spartans in the 500 meters. Rutz finished seventh in a personal-best time of 15:12.11, while Wyatt was eighth with a personal-best time of 15:20.89.
On the women’s side, the top finisher was Tessa Dispenette, who placed 16th in the 5000 meters. She shattered her personal best time, crossing the line in 18:50.20.
UNCG Men’s Results
Mile: 8. Ryan Rodd 4:26.30, 12. Nicholas Vaccaro 4:36.61; 800 meters (finals): 1. Jeff Williams 1:54.05; 5000 meters: 7. Xavier Rutz 15:12.11; 8. Josh Wyatt 15:20.89; 9. Keith Gruchacz 15:35.65; 13. Justin Ruppe 16:12.34.
UNCG Women’s Results:
Mile: 21. Kathy Oldham, 5:35.51, 23. Carly Magin 5:50.41; 5000 meters: 16. Tessa Dispenette 18:50.20; 22. Naomi D'Amours 19:30.05;