Rinehardt Wins 5,000 Meter at PL Indoor Championships

Rinehardt Wins 5,000 Meter at PL Indoor Championships

Two years removed from winning her first Patriot League Championship, Octavia Rinehardt now has a second conference title under her belt after winning the 5,000 meter run Saturday at the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Rinehardt won the race with an impressive time of 17:11.17, besting the second-place competitor by nearly 14 full seconds. The junior set a new school record of 16:32.75 in the event just two weeks ago and had it not been for that performance, her time on Saturday would stand as the school record. Rinehardt has posted three ECAC qualifying times this season, including her two most recent in the 5,000 and a time of 9:51.43 in the 3,000.

Rinehardt's winning performance earns her First Team All-Patriot League honors for the first time in her indoor career. She was a second team selection at the 2009 meet and earned first team honors during the 2009 outdoor season after winning the 5,000. Rinehardt is also a three-time All-Patriot League honoree in cross country, having earned first team twice and second team once.

Colin Eustis joined Rinehardt as an All-Patriot League selection on Saturday with his second-place performance in the men's 5,000. The senior completed the race in an IC4A qualifying time of 14:13.79, setting a new school record along the way. The previous record stood at 14:23.92 and was set by Brendan Fennell '08 on February 4, 2006.

Eustis also placed second in the 5,000 at last year's championship meet to earn All-Patriot League honors. He would go on to win the 10,000 meter run during the outdoor season to garner first team honors and has been a First Team All-Patriot League performer in cross country each of the last two seasons as well.

Also competing for the Eagles on Saturday were Josh Olsen and Mark Allen, who took fourth and ninth in the 5,000, respectively. Olsen's time of 14:24.51 topped the IC4A qualifying standard and is now the third fastest time in program history. Allen, meanwhile, also eclipsed the IC4A standard and crossed the line in 14:46.02 for the 10th fastest time in school annals.

Rounding out the Eagles' top performances from Saturday was Zach Wright who took fifth place in the high jump with a final height of 1.99 meters.

After the second day of competition the men's team sits in fourth place with 13.5 points while the women's team is in sixth with 10 points. The 2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships will conclude Sunday, February 20 in Annapolis, Md.