May 17, 2009

Joe MacDonald Wins 1500 At Georgia Tech Invitational

Junior Joe MacDonald ran the second-fastest 1500-meter time in Butler history in a winning performance to pace the Bulldogs at the Georgia Tech Invitational, which concluded at in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, May 16. MacDonald was among a handful of Butler athletes competing in the open meet.

MacDonald out-raced more than 50 competitors to claim first place in a personal best time of 3:42.63. He led the final 700 meters of the race and edged Butler assistant coach Darren Gauson (3:43.21), who was running unattached, at the finish line. MacDonald's time topped the NCAA regional qualifying standard and missed the Griffin Track record by 0.47 seconds. He narrowly missed the Butler record of 3:42.13, held by teammate Kris Gauson.

Junior Rob Mullett wound up placing 15th in the 1500 in a season-best 3:49.76, and then he finished 32nd in the 800 meter run in 1:54.38. Darren Gauson placed 10th in the 800 in 1:50.07.

Also competing for the Bulldogs in Atlanta were senior Andy Baker and junior Sara Bird. Baker finished 30th in the men's 1500 in 3:57.20, while Bird came in 33rd in the women's 1500 in 4:47.37.