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W&M's Jon Grey Takes Fifth in the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships

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FAYETTEVILLE, ARK (March 12, 2010) - William and Mary harrier Jon Grey (Lancaster, Pa.) ran a career-fast 13:46.12 Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, finishing fifth in the 5,000m finals and earning his second All-American certificate in the process. David McNeill of Northern Arizona won the national title in 13:36.41, just ahead of Liberty's Sam Chelanga in 13:37.01.

5,000m Results

Playing the tactical game very well, Grey bided his time through the first half of the race in the last third of the runners. Once the runners passed the halfway mark, with 12 laps remaining, he began moving up, picking off seven runners as he improved from 14th to seventh over the course of four laps. The field continued to string out as the race moved into the final 1,000 meters, and Grey continued to move up, standing fifth with just two laps left. From there, he kept position on the leaders and finished only 10 seconds back and picked up four team points for the Tribe.

Grey's time of 13:46.12 improved his career-best from three weeks ago by almost a full six seconds, and is the second-fastest time ever run indoors by a Tribe athlete behind Matt Lane's '01 13:43.36 that took second at the 2001 NCAA Championships. On the College's overall 5,000m list, Grey now ranks third overall behind only Lane and Ed Moran '03.

With the indoor season now complete, Grey and the rest of the Tribe now turn their full attention to the outdoor season, starting with the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg next weekend, March 19-20.

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