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LISLE, Ill. – University of St. Francis men's track & field athletes recorded NAIA national-qualifying marks in five events at the Benedictine University Relays on Saturday.
USF's 4 x 800-meter relay team of junior Brian Blaylock (Lowell, Ind./ Lowell), junior John Principato (Plainfield, Ill./ Plainfield Central), sophomore Alex Lima (Western Springs, Ill./ Lyons) and junior Cam Knudsen (Channahon, Ill./ Minooka) met the national "A" standard with a time of 7:41.36 – the fastest time recorded in the NAIA thus far in 2017.
In the 4 x 100 relay sophomore Brandon Ruffin (Peoria, Ill./ Peoria), junior Jordan Duncan (St. Charles, Ill./ St. Charles East), junior Lexus Jackson (University Park, Ill./ Crete-Monee) and freshman Devaughn Hrobowski (Joliet, Ill./ Plainfield North) turned in a provisional-qualifying time of 41.69 seconds. Duncan also met the national "B" standard with a time of 10.68 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
In throws, seniors Kyle Mitchell (Crest Hill, Ill./ Plainfield Central) and Ian Welsh (Villa Park, Ill./ Willowbrook) posted respective provisional-qualifying distances of 15.50 meters (50' 10.25") in the shot put and 51.18 meters (167' 11") in the hammer throw.
The Saints return to action at the Concordia University Chicago Cougar Invitational next Saturday.