STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Matthew Gillespie, Men's Outdoor Track
Iona College men's outdoor track senior Matthew Gillespie is Iona's Player of the Week for his performance at the Division I East Preliminaries.
Gillespie advanced to the 5,000-meter finals at the NCAA Championships by finishing second overall in the 48-runner race field and second in his heat with a time of 14:07.66. The time was a personal best for Gillespie who qualified for the NCAA Preliminary event with a 14:06.34 at the Virginia Challenge three weeks ago. After 4200 meters, Gillespie was trailed by nearly 20 seconds. He ran the fastest final 800 meters of the heat and closed the gap to within four seconds. His 56.13 split on the final 400 meters was the best of all performers in both heats.