Macdonald, Legg Pace Butler At Meyo Invitational

Joe MacDonald Interview

Senior Joe Macdonald hit an NCAA qualifying mark and freshman Kirsty Legg broke the school record in the mile to highlight a strong performance but the Butler track and field squad at the prestigious Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame Friday through Sunday (Feb. 5-7).

Macdonald captured a championship ribbon and ran a personal best of 8:00.73 in the men’s 3,000 meter run.  He beat former Michigan All-American Lex Williams in the runner-up position and finished more than six seconds ahead of the next collegiate finisher, Spencer Beatty of Michigan State.  Macdonald’s time topped the NCAA qualifying standard and ranks him 13th on the NCAA list for the men’s 3,000.

Legg placed fourth in the women’s mile in 4:48.27, breaking the school mark of 4:53.30 set by teammate Katie Clark at the Gladstein Invitational last month.  Legg’s time missed the NCAA qualifying standard by just over a second.

The Bulldogs also picked up strong efforts from seniors Rob Mullett and Kris Gauson in the men’s “Meyo Mile” and freshmen Lauren McKillop and Clark in the women’s 3,000.  Mullett ran a personal best and topped the NCAA qualifying standard  with a time of 4:02.10 to place sixth in the event, while Gauson finished seventh in 4:03.68, missing the NCAA standard by .18.  It was the first race this season for Gauson, who has been hampered by a leg injury.

Clark ran a person best 9:33.10 and placed 15th in the women’s 3,000, while McKillop had a personal best 9:35.95 and placed 16th.  Both were just shy of the NCAA qualifying standard of 9:32 and the Butler record of 9:30.76.

Others recording personal bests at the Meyo Invitational were Shelbi Burnett in the women’s mile (5:01.39), Kaitlyn Love in the women’s 800 (2:14.93) and Madison Roeder in the men’s 5,000 (14:31.32).

Senior Sara Bird won the second section of the women’s 5,000 and placed 15th overall with a time of 17:48.73.  Senior Andy Baker placed 15th in the men’s 5,000 in 14:28.58, while senior Tom Boardman finished in 14:50.51.  Also competing for the Bulldogs were senior Stephen Lisgo in the men’s mile (4:14), junior Brent Sever in the men’s 60 hurdles (8.60) and freshman Romeo Harper in the men’s 60 (7.14) and the men’s 200 (22.71).

“Overall, I’m pleased with our meet this weekend,” said Butler head coach Matt Roe.  “In particular, I’m with our freshmen women’s distance runners, who all ran personal bests in one of the most competitive meets in the nation.  They showed a lot of poise and toughness.”

“We had a lot of athletes either get an NCAA qualifying mark or come very close, as well as several league-leading marks and personal bests.  Next week in Seattle will be a great test for us to challenge school records and get more athletes in position to qualify for the NCAA meet.”

Butler will have nine athletes competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.  On the men’s side, Roe will take Baker, Lisgo, Mullett, Gauson, Macdonald and Madison Roeder.  Legg, Clark and McKillop will compete for Butler’s women.