The men’s indoor 200 meter dash record stood for 19 years, and in under a month, that record has been broken twice.
For almost two decades the men’s 200 meter dash record was held by Matt Zaffini with a time of 22.95 seconds. Sophomore sprinter Brandon Castor broke Zaffini’s 200 meter dash record with a time of 22.92, breaking the previous record by .03 seconds. Castor broke this record at the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Jan. 26.
When talking about breaking the record, Castor said, “I was excited, it was pretty exhilarating honestly, it was a big accomplishment for me.”
According to Castor, he has been running track since his freshman year of high school in Southwick, Massachusetts. He is also a part of Keene States soccer team.
While before, the record had stood for 19 years before Castor broke it, Castor’s record stood for just 28 days: Castor’s teammate Clinton “Bongo” Mungeta broke the record again at the BU Final Qualifier on Feb. 26.
Mungeta, also a sophomore, broke the record running his first 200 of the year.
According to Mungeta, he began running track in his freshman year of high school and, like Castor, he is also on the soccer team.
When asked about breaking the record, Mungeta said, “I was shocked I did it, the whole season I had not run the 200, so it was my first 200 this whole season. I was like, ‘wow, hard work really pays off.’”
Castor’s record was short-lived but he said, “I’m not gonna bash Bongo. He’s my best friend, I play with him on the soccer team as well, we work hard together and I’m proud of him.”
Castor said he was held out of the BU meet due to a hamstring injury he sustained in warmups at the LEC Championship meet.
Sometimes when friends are close competitors there is smack talk involved. However, Mungeta said,”Brandon and I got all love, he gave me that advice, he told me how to run it, what to do and I just went out there and executed.”
They work together in practice as well, coach Nick Athanasopoulos said. “I think that they certainly push each other to do better and to be better,” Athanasopoulos said.
While Mungeta holds the record right now, Castor thinks it will go back and forth, “That little back-to-back battle of who can put it the lowest is something we want to shoot for.”
Mungeta was put into the 200 for the coaching staff to see what he could do, according to Athanasopoulos.
Athanasopoulos said, “We had him in the 200 because he hasn’t run one all year, so we figured, ‘let’s see what he can do,’ but just based on how he looked in the 400, a tenth of a second off that record, we knew he was faster than he’d been all year.”
With three meets remaining, Mungeta will try to set the 200 record even lower and try to break the 400 record as well.
The next meet that Mungeta will run at is the ECAC championship at The Armory in the Bronx, NY on March 1.
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