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William and Mary Senior Jon Grey Runs Away with 10K at Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, CALIF - Late Thursday night at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, William and Mary senior Jon Grey (Lancaster, Pa.) dropped the hammer two-thirds of the way through the top section of the 10,000m run and pulled away for a 12-second victory while running a career-fast 28:40.33.

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Much of the pre-race hype surrounded former NCAA Champion Robert Cheseret, but it was Grey who made the bold move after 16 of 25 laps, dropping a 65-second lap to break open what had been a very tactical race to that point. The two-time All-American for the Tribe was content to stay in the pack, around seventh and eighth, and let the field pull him along for the first two-thirds of the race, but lit out to the front on the home stretch as the race passed the 6400-meter mark. One or two of his competitors tried responding and moving with Grey, but he quickly left them behind over the course of the lap, and by the time he was returning to the finish line, he was more than 10 meters clear of the pack and pulling away. In fact, the final eight laps went in the same fashion, and when he cruised over the line for the last time, second-place was just entering the home stretch and more than 12 seconds back.

Grey's time of 28:40.33 lowered his career-best in the 10,000m by more than 15 seconds, and improves him to third all-time at the College behind only Matt Lane's '01 28:28.97 in 2001 and Ken Halla's '86 28:35.20 in 1986. This season in the NCAA, Grey's time ranks fourth in the nation and second in the East Region. He qualified to several championship meets with his performance, including the IC4A Championships and the USAT&F National Championships.

William and Mary's outdoor season continues this Saturday, April 17, as the Tribe travels to Harrisonburg, Virginia, for the JMU Invitational.

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