What A Weekend For A Pair Of 400M Runners!

The 400 Meters

Two freshman 400m runners had themselves a day this past weekend. First, Virginia Tech frosh Jacory Patterson (10.42, 20.99/20.65w, 46.98) rocketed to a 32.49 in the 300m at the VT Invitational setting a new World Junior Record topping Brian Herron's previous record of 32.84 ran last year. 

 “Right now, it really hasn’t sunk in,” the 18-year-old South Carolina native said. “But I’m really excited because I didn’t know that I was going to run that fast. It hasn’t sunk in. I still can’t believe it. I really just wanted to go 32.60, but I had a loaded heat, and I let lane 6 pull me the whole race. When I got past the 200, I just gave it all I got.”

Patterson's time ranks 2nd in collegiate indoor history, trailing only Torrin Lawrence of Georgia who ran 32.32 back in 2010.

The 400 Meters
Not to be outdone, Kenny Benarek, the Indian Hills CC frosh, posted a 20.60 in the 200M at the Hawkeye Invitational to take the collegiate lead. Benarek also is the collegiate leader in the 400m at 45.93 ran back in December.

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