Mullett, Lisgo And McKillop Win At Notre Dame Opener

Butler’s track and field squad, back in action for the first time since Dec. 11, came away with three individual titles and a pair of runner-up finishes at the Notre Dame Opener on Friday, Jan. 15.  The Bulldogs were among five teams competing in the non-scoring meet at Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center.

Highlighting Butler’s performance were first place finishes from Rob Mullett in the men’s 800, Stephen Lisgo in the men’s mile and Lauren McKillop in the women’s mile.  Mullett paced a 17-runner field with a winning time of 1:52.23, while Lisgo won the mile in 4:12.32.  McKillop captured the women’s mile in 4:56.50, finishing ahead of runner-up Marissa Treece of Notre Dame (4:58.04), unattached competitor Pam Staton (5:03.40) and teammate Shelbi Burnette (5:08.06).

The Bulldogs also picked up second place finishes from Marbeth Shiell in the women’s 3,000 and Brent Sever in the men’s 60 hurdles.  Shiell crossed the finish line in 10:10.74, narrowly beating teammate Sara Bird in third place with a time of 10:11.03.  Sever finished in a dead heat with Justin Schneider of Notre Dame, both posting a finishing time of 8.77, but Schneider was awarded first place.

Sprinter Romeo Harper turned in two strong races for the Bulldogs, placing third in both the men’s 60 (7.18) and the men’s 200 (22.97), while Matt Lawder captured a fourth place finish in the men’s 3,000 (8:57.65).  Kirsty Legg came in fifth in the women’s 800 in 2:19.72, while teammate Kaitlyn Love crossed  the line less than a second later in sixth place.

The Bulldogs will be in action again on Jan. 22-23, at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.