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CT Dynamic Duo Eric van der Els and Gabriel Altopp Finish 1-2 in 3k at Penn Relays

Created at 4/30/2016 8:50 AM  by Ron Knapp 
Last modified at 4/30/2016 8:50 AM  by Ron Knapp 

The highlight of the competition by state athletes on Friday at the 2016 Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia PA was the 1-2 finish in the High School Boys’ 3000m Championship by Eric van Els of Brien McMahon and Gabriel Altopp of Ridgefield. Continuing his string of stellar performances from the indoor season, Eric van der Els raced to a first place time of 8:20.11 while Gabriel Altopp placed a close second in 8:21.74. The time by van der Els bettered the existing Connecticut Outdoor State Record of 8:20.14 set by Alex Ostberg of Darien in 2014 at the Penn Relays.

Eric van der Els Leading 

Eric van der Els of Brien McMahon leading the pack in 2016 Penn Relays High School Boys’ 3000m Championship Run (Photos Courtesy of John Nepolitan)

Eric van der Els Wins 

Eric van der Els of Brien McMahon winning the 2016 Penn Relays High School Boys’ 3000m Championship Run (Photos Courtesy of John Nepolitan)

Gabriel Altopp 

Gabriel Altopp of Ridgefield finishing second in the 2016 Penn Relays High School Boys’ 3000m Championship Run (Photos Courtesy of John Nepolitan)

Penn Relays results for all teams are available at their official meet website.