Carroll shatters 5,000-meter record
Junior opens indoor season with a bang
December 10, 2010
Pat Carroll broke the Wilmington College 5,000-meter record at the Kent State University Golden Flash Gala.
KENT — Pat Carroll shattered the Wilmington College 5,000-meter run record as the indoor track and field season started with a bang at the Kent State University Golden Flash Gala on Friday.
Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) won his heat and finished 13th overall with an effort of 15:36.64 to break one of the oldest running marks in the Wilmington College record book. Matt Ryan had held the mark since running 15:40.05 in 1998.
“I’m really excited about Pat; that was sweet,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “His parents said, ‘You’re doing such a good job with him,’ but it’s not what I’m doing; it’s the fact that he’s healthy and has had sustained training with no problems for eight months. We always knew what Pat was capable of if he could stay healthy. Right now he’s found a sweet spot in his training and his racing. This was just a huge confidence booster for him. I really think he can be a factor at the OAC Championship at the end of the season.”
Chad Hirschauer (Cincinnati/Milford) also participated in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in 17:33.64.
“I think people probably think that our kids are more cross country than track runners, and some of our kids think that,” Combs said. “But we have a bunch of kids that are really dedicated and really excited about track. That’s exciting for me.”