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Athlete Alumnus Sets Skateboarding World Record

Vyain crosses the finish line (Ken Derry for ESPN.com).

Kicking, pushing and coasting for 26.2 miles put former Belmont University student-athlete Jeff Vyain ahead of 150 competitors to set a new world record for skateboarding.

Vyain, who ran cross country for Belmont, finished a skateboarding marathon in one hour, 31 minutes, and 40 seconds on New York’s Governor’s Island, and won with the $15,000 grand prize. He topped the previous world record for a skateboard marathon of 1:40:58 that he set in the inaugural Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon in Hallandale Beach last November.

“I got two and a half hours of sleep last night,” Vyain told ESPN.com.

“I was fired up, yeah, but my roommate was moving out. It was horrible.”

He told ESPN.com he plans to use his prize money to purchase a sensory deprivation chamber.

Vyain graduated from the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in 2007. Now 27, he lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.