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Henry Schmidt beats personal record at Eastern Shore Invitational

Story by Wornden Ly

Princess Anne, Md.— There was fast and there was Henry Schmidt fast.

The men's and women's indoor track and field team traveled down to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore to compete in the Eastern Shore Invitational on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

The men's team took 7th place as a whole, but Schmidt blew away his competitors and won the 3,000 meters in 9:01.75, beating his personal record by 10 seconds. The second-place competitor finished the race in 9:20.60, an 18.85 second time difference compared to Schmidt. 

Saige Vipond, Travis Bamfo, Tyson Bellistri, and Trentin Overcash competed in the Men's Distance Medley Relay and placed second with a time of 10:58.07. 

The women's team tied for 5th with Morgan State University. 

Khelsa Connelly placed in the top three with a time of 5:51.50 during the mile run. She also placed in the top five with a time of 11:49.56. 

HCC Alumni Micaela Fleetwood, a former three-time NJCAA All-American at HCC, placed second in the Pentathlon. 

The Hawks will compete on Feb. 7-8 in the VMI Winter Relays at the Virginia Military Institute located in Lexington, Va.