FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University senior distance runner Ezekiel Koech broke a long-standing school record for the 10,000-meter run at the recent UNC Wilmington Cape Fear Track and Field Classic held in Wilmington, N.C.
Koech, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, placed seventh in the 10,000-meters with a time of 32:32.80 eclipsing the old Patriot mark of 32:42.08 set by Mitch Powell in 1983.
FMU sophomore Nick Washington won the event’s long jump competition with a leap of 6.80 meters (22 feet, 5 inches), while Patriot senior Ryan Plexico finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:13.54.
Washington is a product of Camden High School, while Plexico hails from Irmo High School.
The meet featured competition in men’s and women’s events with athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III.
In FMU’s previous meet at UNC Pembroke, Washington established a new school record for the 110-meter hurdles (16.71).
The Patriots will compete in the South Carolina State Collegiate Championship Meet, April 6 in Columbia.