Samuel Gerstenbacher made his 2019 steeplechase debut at the Sam Howell Invite at Princeton over the weekend and ran a near-PR 9:16.15 for eighth place in a field of Division 1 and post-collegiate runners.
That’s less than five seconds off his PR and school record of 9:11.20, set at a last-chance meet at Swarthmore last May.
Gerstenbacher, a junior at Elizbethtown from Schalick, is No. 9 in NCAA Division 3 and tops in the Landmark Conference. He’s also No. 1 in the Landmark in the 5,000 with a 15:30.64 in a home meet last month.
Gerstenbacher, who grew up in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, was named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week.