HAVERFORD, Pa. – Senior Christopher Stadler of the Haverford College men's indoor track & field team broke an 18-year-old Centennial Conference record Saturday at the 2014 Haverford Invitational, winning the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8 minutes, 18.23 seconds. His time surpassed the old mark of 8:20.7 set by Haverford's Karl Paranya in 1996.
The Gary Lutnick Tennis & Track Center in Alumni Field House hosted the Invitational which saw teams from Widener, Messiah, Swarthmore, Johns Hopkins and Penn join the Fords indoor with snow falling outside.
Stadler was among four Haverford runners finishing within the top-eight in Saturday's 3,000. Teammate Charlie Marquardt was second (8:18.51), just ahead of Avi Bregman (8:24.85) in third. David Roza was seventh with a time of 8:36.65. All four raced to career-best times with their results in the final individual event of Saturday's schedule.
Converted for track size, Stadler's time becomes an 8:12.50 and takes over the top spot in Division III for performances in the 3,000 this winter. Marquardt sits second (812.78, conv.) and Bregman (8:19.05, conv.) among D-III runners nationally.
Also setting a personal indoor best on Saturday was the Fords' Jonathan Yellets who finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.16 seconds. Teammate Gebby Keny ran to a runner-up finish in the 800, and the duo teamed with Sam Callon and Dorvil Gabriel for a second-place in the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay.
Haverford travels to Massachusetts for its next meet, the Tufts Stampede on Saturday, Feb. 1.