Schalick grad Sam Gerstenbacher demolishes Elizabethtown school 3,000-meter record!!!!!

Samuel Gerstenbacher, a Schalick graduate, broke a 16-year-old Elizabethtown (Pa.) school record Friday night when he ran 3,000 meters in 8:33.17.

Gerstenbacher, racing at the NYU Invitational, placed second to Matt Tuohy of Ramapo, who ran 8:32.59 over the banked 200-meter track at the 168th Street Armory.

Gerstenbacher broke the school record of 8:33.80 set in 2003 by Steve Sanko at a meet at Susquehanna, Pa.

It was the oldest record in the Elizabethtown indoor track record book.

Gerstenbacher’s previous 3,000 PR was 8:40.82 in December at a meet at Franklin & Marshall University in Lancaster, Pa.

Sanko also holds the outdoor record of 8:26.78, which he set on Elizabethtown’s home track in April of 2004. Gerstenbacher’s time is No. 2 in school history indoors or out.

Sanko ran scholastically at Bishop Hafey High in Hazleton, Pa., which has since closed.

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