Schalick grad Sam Gerstenbacher of Elizabethtown records huge 8,000 PR, #2 in conference history!!!!!

Samuel Gerstenbacher PR’d again Saturday, running the second-fastest 8,000-meter run on any course by a Landmark Conference runner.

Gerstenbacher, an Elizabethtown senior from Schalick, ran 24:30 over 8,000 meters in the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan at DREAM Park in Logan Township, only about 25 miles from his hometown of Pittsgrove Township.

Gerstenbacher’s previous 8,000 PR on any course was 24:54 at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh two weeks ago.

The only faster 8,000 ever by a Landmark Conference runner was registered by Dillon Farrell of Moravian in 2014. Farrell, from North Wales, Bucks County, ran 24:24 when he placed 17th at the NCAA Division 3 Championships at the Golf Center at King’s Island in Mason, Ohio.

Gerstenbacher placed 8th overall Saturday in a field of 256 runners.

Gerstenbacher is off until Nov. 2, when he races in the Landmark Conference meet at Colmar Manor (Md.) Park.

After placing fourth in the conference meet as a freshman, Gerstenbacher has won it the last two years.

The only three-time winner in meet history is Paul Thistle of Susquehanna in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Thistle, a graduate of Wissahickon High School in Lower Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, went on to win the 2013 Penn Relays Olympic Development steeplechase.


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