MADISON, NJ - It's still early in the indoor track season, but Stephen Bondurich is already closing in on a couple of school indoor records for Chatham.
On Monday, Bondurich won the 400-meter run in 51.96 at the Racine Invitational held at Drew University, just ticks off the school mark of 51.89 set by Andrew Vena in 2014.
"I try to be in first place by the time I reach the first turn and kind of hold it," Bondurich said. "Indoor, I want to go sub-51 and then sub 50 to get to 49."
Last week, Bondurich won the 600 in 1:26.6, a second behind the school mark of 1:25.5 set by Chris Black in 2008.
Chatham earned a 1-2 finish in the 400 when sophomore Avery Brown placed second behind Bondurich in 53.53.
"It's early in the season and this is one of the slowest tracks," Chatham coach Patrick Barry said. "When (Bondurich) gets to the faster tracks in Toms River and New York, he's going to be very, very fast."
Chatham won medals in nine different events on Monday.
In the Sprint Medley Relay, the team of Jaylen Haye, Vincent Avallone, Dylan Ott, and Patrick Mortensen gained fifth place in 3:56.36.
In the 55-meter high hurdles, Jason Alexis placed sixth in 8:51.
The Cougars took three medals in the 800-meter run, led by Liam Cadden in second place with a time of 2:07.81; Colin Logsdon third in 2:09.38 and Pat Mortensen fifth in 2:10.48.
Will Kraemer tied for second in the pole vault by clearing nine feet.
Just Missed getting medals for Chatham were: Blair Dalziel and Thomas Walsh, 7th in Varsity high jump at 5 feet 3 inches; in the freshman 1600, Collin Goldbach, 7th in 5:24.
3rd: Alex Williams; 5:14
5th: Yuwen Zhang: 5:24
JV: High Hurdles: Ian Higgins; 1st in 7.64
JV 800: 3rd; Jack Burns; 2:23
5th: Thomas Walsh; 2:24