February 14, 2010

Rob Mullett Runs Sub-Four Minute Mile

Senior Rob Mullett made Butler history and earned NCAA qualification with a sub-four minute mile run at the Husky Classic, hosted by the University of Washington on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 12-13).  Mullett’s performance highlighted a weekend of track action for Butler athletes.

Mullett placed second in Section 2 of the men’s mile invitational in 3:59.37, becoming the first athlete in Butler history to record a sub-four minute mile.  He broke the school mark of 4:00.53, set by Scott Overall in 2006, and he topped the NCAA Division I qualifying standard in the mile.

Senior Joe Macdonald also became an NCAA qualifier at the Husky Classic with a strong effort in the men’s 3,000 meter invitational.  Macdonald, running in one of the best fields in NCAA history, placed 16th in Section 3 of the race in a personal best 7:57 to top the NCAA standard.

The two NCAA qualifiers topped a field of nine Butler athletes competing in Seattle.  Freshman Kirsty Legg placed fifth in Section 2 of the women’s mile invitational in 4:50.39, while freshmen Lauren McKillop (9:38.58) and Katie Clark (9:40.51) both placed in the “Top 10” of Section 2 of the women’s 3,000 meter invitational.

Senior Kris Gauson recorded a 4:07.10 in the men’s mile invitational, while senior Stephen Lisgo ran 8:33.48 in the men’s 3,000 meter invitational.  Senior Andy Baker posted a time of 14:29.36 and junior Madison Roeder finished in 14:48.68 in the men’s 5,000 meter invitational.

Butler also had several athletes competing at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle on Saturday, Feb. 13.  Freshman Kevin Oblinger had the top finish for the Bulldogs, placing runner-up in the men’s 3,000 in 9:09.90, two spots ahead of teammate Orion Wenrich (9:22.15).  Junior Matt Lawder placed fifth in the men’s mile in 4:31.35, while freshman Craig Jordan was sixth in 4:33.74.