Senior Kyle Engnell was part of the distance medley squad to break the school record and qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
March 1, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Fighting Illini men's distance medley relay team set the 18-year old school record Friday night at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Last Chance meet. The Orange and Blue ran a school record time of 9:29.40, the sixth fastest time in the country to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend.
"I'm really excited for Kyle Engnell and Ryan Lynn, two upperclassmen who stuck with the program and get to go to the NCAA meet in their last season," assistant coach Jake Stewart said. "To break the school record is really great for the program. We stuck in there and competed. It was definitely a team effort. We were in position throughout the whole thing and looked for every guy to produce. Each runner ran very composed."
The squad of senior Kyle Engnell, junior Stephon Pamilton, junior Ryan Lynn and senior Graham Morris finished third in their heat and sixth overall with a time of 9:29.40. The previous record was set in 1995 by Eric Henson, Ben Beyers, Chris Saunders and Marko Koers with a time of 9:36.33. The relay got off to a great start with Engnell running the 1,200m leg in a split of 2:56 while Pamilton ran the 400m leg next, with a time of 46.00. Lynn ran the third leg with an 800m split of 1:48 while Morris finished the race with a 1,600m spilt of 3:58 to give the Illini the sixth fastest time in the country.
The NCAA Indoor Championships will take place next Thursday and Friday, March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.