SRU Good News for Feb. 16, 2009
Weiss breaks oldest track record in Rock history
Slippery Rock University senior Jeff Weiss of Avella took down the longest-standing record in SRU track and field history Saturday to lead The Rock men at the Akron Open staged in Akron, Ohio.
Weiss, already in the SRU record books for the indoor 3,000-meter run and the outdoor 5,000-meter run, added his third individual record with a personal best performance in the mile at the meet.
Weiss finished fifth in the Gold Division of the mile with a time of 4:09.33, bettering the SRU record of 4:12.70 set by Ed Gralewski in 1972, and establishing the fastest time in the PSAC this season. The time is also an NCAA provisional qualifying performance.
Gralewski's 1972 record stood longer than any other record in SRU track and field.
The Akron Open was reserved for elite competition, only allowing athletes with outstanding marks this season to compete, and included primarily a Division I field.
The University's longest standing record for an individual is owned by John Kocur, which was single season assists in men's soccer. The record of 15 was set in 1958. That record was tied, but not broken, this year by Toby Bowser, a sophomore from Beaver.
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