North Carolina junior runner Patrick Schellberg wasn’t happy with his workouts leading up to Friday’s meet, and his mileage was far below what he’s used to.
But when Schellberg took the starting line at the Notre Dame Invitational, none of it seemed to matter.
Schellberg, who has been dealing with a foot injury, ran a personal-best time of 24:12 in the men’s 8K — one of 11 UNC runners to record a personal record in their respective races. He led the men’s team to an 11th-place finish in the nationally renowned 20-team meet.
“Coming in, I was kind of nervous about where I was at,” said Schellberg, the team’s highest individual finisher at 21st place. “Workouts weren’t going as well as I would have liked.”
Schellberg said he would have been happy if he ran around 24:30. So his teammates were understandably, and happily, surprised to see him run 18 seconds faster than that.