GRAY BEES WIN ONE CHAMPIONSHIP AND ESTABLISH THREE SCHOOL RECORDS AT NEW BALANCE NATIONALS
March 10, 2019
School records continued to fall on Sunday when the Gray Bees track team wrapped up the indoor season with the national title in the 4x400-meter relay at the New Balance Nationals in New York City.
The contingent of Lewis Ngwenya, Jackson Burnett, Alfred Chawonza and Isaiah Sanchez (pictured, right) shaved more than a full second off their previous school-mark when they turned in a wire-to-wire winning effort of 3:18.36 to cap a very successful showing by St. Benedict’s at the Nationals in the NYC Armory. St. Benedict’s won the 4x4 by more than two seconds of the Hawk Track Club of Texas.
Along with the 4x400 performance, the Gray Bees established new school marks over the weekend in the 4x800-meter relay and the Shuttle Hurdles. All told, 11 Gray Bee runners earn All-America honors.
The Gray Bees 4x800-meter relay team bettered their school-record, but it was only good enough for third place on Saturday evening. The quad of Burnett, Ngwenya, Ronald Kigen and Chawonza bested their previous school standard by more than a full second by clocking a 7:42.53 to earn All-America honors. The time, however, was behind a pair of state champions from Virginia (7:40.49) and N. Carolina (7:40.65).
St. Benedict’s also picked up All-America honors earlier on Saturday in the Sprint Medley Relay and Shuttle Hurdles.
Greg Anthony Jones, Malachi little, Sanchez and Chowanza, who just got edged at the line, combined for a second-place effort in the Sprint Medley with a time of 3:27.55. The Shuttle Hurdles team of Tyler Antoine, Urijah Williams, Adrian-Paul and Jahari Mitchell also ran to a school record (30.55), but finished fourth overall.
Chawonza, who signed his National Letter of Intent last Thursday to attend Texas Tech, also placed sixth in the individual 800-meter run with a 1:53.50.