Isaac Benz broke the school record in the 10,000-meter run and Ryan Brown moved up the all-time list in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday evening at the Virginia Challenge.
The meet featured some of the top competition in the NCAA East Region, with athletes competing from the ACC, Big East, Big 12 and SEC.
Benz broke a 37-year school record in the 10,000-meter run, crossing in 29:39.31. His time bettered the previous school record of 29:52.1 set by Carlton Law in 1984. His mark now sits as the third fastest time in the Sun Belt this season in the 10,000-meter run.
Brown bettered his PR time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by nine seconds, crossing in 8:54.76. His time now places him third in the event in program history and is the second fastest time in the Sun Belt this season.
Brown’s time places approximately in the top 25 of the NCAA East Regional and Benz’s time ranks approximately within the top 45 through Friday’s events in the region. The top 32 individuals in the NCAA East Region qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 25 to May 27, with the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. from June 9 to June 12.