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Romer Breaks Records, Three Trojans Advance to Finals


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A huge smile beamed from Leslie Romer‘s face as he slowly applied the breaks after finishing the 60-meter dash semifinals at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Friday afternoon.

The junior from Freeport, Bahamas had every reason to smile after he shattered the school record and punched his ticket to Saturday’s finals with a blistering time of 6.76.

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It wouldn’t be the last time Romer broke a school record on this Friday inside the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University. Romer was on the track again less than two hours after his stellar performance in the 60-meter dash for the semifinals of the 200-meter dash. Once again the junior exploded from the blocks and sprinted his way into the TU record books with a time of 21.81, punching his ticket to Saturday’s finals in the event in the process.

Senior Brandan Wilchcombe also turned in an impressive performance for the Trojans, overcoming a less than stellar start to post a time of 8.23 and claim a spot in the eight-man finals of the 60-meter hurdles scheduled for Saturday.

Friday didn’t belong solely to TU’s sprinters as distance runner Tanner Dye displayed tremendous grit in the mile run. Dye, who entered Friday’s semifinals as the 17th seed, showed patience and poise en route to a season-best time of 4:20.58 which was good enough for 9th place in the semifinals and earned the junior a spot in Saturday’s finals.

All four members of the TU men’s team will now compete on Saturday with Dye taking the track for the finals in the mile at 12:35 pm followed by Wilchcombe in the 60-meter hurdles at 12:55 pm. Romer will race in the finals of the 60-meter dash at 2:00 pm followed by the finals of the 200-meter dash at 3:25 pm and junior Matt Hall will wrap up the final day of competition with the finals of the 5,000-meter at 4:00 pm.

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