Sports in Brief: Feb. 17

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Men’s Track and Field: Fitzgerald just misses breaking 4-minute barrier

College of William and Mary senior Ian Fitzgerald nearly became the fifth Tribe runner in history to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile Saturday at the Husky Invitational in Seattle. Fitzgerald, who finished third in the mile race, ran 4:00.01, which provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet. His time earned him fifth all-time at the College. Junior teammate Patterson Wilhelm also provisionally qualified for NCAAs. Competing in the 5,000-meter run, Wilhelm finished with a personal best time of 14:05.18.

Women’s Track and Field: Anderson earns second NCAA provisional qualifier

College of William and Mary junior Emily Anderson, who has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in the 3,000-meter run, earned her second NCAA provisional qualifier when she ran the mile Saturday at the Husky Invitational in Seattle. Anderson crossed the finish line in 4:47.85 — just over four seconds behind her school record for the indoor mile.

Men’s Tennis: College defeats Purdue, falls to Maryland

The no. 59 College of William and Mary split its weekend matches in a pair of 4-3 decisions in College Park, Md. After falling 4-3 to the 73rd-ranked University of Maryland Friday, the Tribe bounced back to defeat Purdue University 4-3 Saturday. Despite losing the doubles point, the College rallied in singles, winning four of the six matches to escape with a narrow victory. Sophomore Sebastian Vidal, playing at the no. 4 singles position, recorded the College’s first victory 6-3, 6-0. Freshman Ilja Orre completed the Tribe comeback with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Men’s Gymnastics: No. 11 Tribe tumbles against no. 13 Temple

The College of William and Mary, ranked 11th in the country, fell 332.55-325.65 to 13th-ranked Temple University Saturday in Philadelphia. Junior all-around performer Derek Gygax scored points for the team in five events, including a team-high 13.05 on the high bar. Senior Jay Hilbun and sophomore Andy Hunter, who had a team-high 13.95 on the parallel bars, each scored points in four separate events for the Tribe.