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Jack Williams set a SMC record in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday in Turlock.
Jack Williams set a SMC record in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday in Turlock.
TRK | Gaels Open Season In Central Valley
Release: Monday 03/02/2013 
by SMC Athletics

TURLOCK, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's track team enjoyed plenty of success Saturday as it competed in the Kim Duyst Invitational at Cal State Stanislaus.

"I'm very proud of our Men and Women today. Cal State Stanislaus hosted a great meet for us to get out and compete in some solid races," head coach Marty Kinsey said. "We had a lot of personal bests today and to do so in such an early meet is encouraging. We're beginning to set the stage for a strong Track season across the board."

Freshman Katie Alioto led the way for the Gaels, running the 3-kilometer steeplechase in in 11 minutes, 17 seconds to place second. That mark broke the Saint Mary's school record by 61 seconds and came in Alioto's first ever steeplechase race.

Jack Williams made his first race of the 2013 season a memorable one, stopping the clock at 58.48 seconds in heat two of the 400-meter hurdles. That was also a school record.

Other strong finishes included sophomore Gilbert Mundo clocking a 4:04 in the 1,500 meters and freshman Carina Novell placing sixth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:50.

Kinsey pointed to Zach Hansen as running SMC's race of the day, as the freshman ran his first collegiate 5K in 15:09.

The Gaels also had a host of personal bests, with Nick Ellingson (15:03 in the 5K), T.J. Brown-Pinizzotto (15:21 in the 5K), Andrew Eckberg (15:30 in the 5K) and Cormac McCullaugh (15:37 in the 5K) all improving their own record times.

Saint Mary's is back in action next weekend when it travels to Davis for the Aggie Open.