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Senior Chris Moen broke the App State Holmes Center 3,000m record this afternoon
Courtesy: SoCon Photos
Rojas and Moen Lead Apps in First Indoor Meet
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Saturday 12/01/2012 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's track team finished strong on day two of the Appalachian Invitational as they saw App State Holmes Center records broken by both sophomore Raphael Rojas and senior Chris Moen.

Rojas broke the 800m run record when he crossed the line at 1:53.60, breaking the record held by teammate Alex Taylor, while Moen finished at 8:26.34 in the 3,000m to hold the new App State Holmes Center record. Both runners finished first overall in their events.

The Mountaineers took home the top two places in the 200m dash as senior Justin Thomas finished first with a 22.44 and freshman Marshall McRae finished right behind with a 22.67.

Head coach John Weaver said, "We had excellent times as shown by our record-breaking performances, but we need to continue our development and depth in those areas."

The Black and Gold finished second in the 4x300m relay and the team of Tyler Combs, Chase Helton, Read Caulkins, and Rojas finished second in the 4x400m relay with a 3:24.38.

Freshman Cole Finch finished second in the high jump for the Apps as he jumped 1.96m and freshman Henry Bustle finished first in the long jump with a 7.17m jump. Sophomore Alex Lomax rounded out field event scoring for App State as he finished third in the pole vault with a 4.45m jump.

"This meet gives me a wealth of excitement about the future of this indoor season for both men and women," said Weaver, "We are on a mission to win all the Southern Conference championships, which includes the indoor and outdoor seasons. We had a wonderful start to this quest when our women's and men's cross country team won the first of the six titles."

Appalachian State will be back in action after winter break on Friday, Jan. 18 when they host the Mountaineer Open Meet at the Holmes Convocation Center.

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