February 28, 2010

Butler Men And Women Finish Second At Horizon League Track Championship

Complete Men's Results
Complete Women's Result

ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- Senior Joe Macdonald and freshman Kirsty Legg each posted a pair of individual wins, and the duo led Butler’s men and women to runner-up finishes at the 2010 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 27-28.  It was Butler’s highest combined finish ever!

Macdonald, named the men’s Most Outstanding Running Performer of the meet, won the men’s mile run in 4:13.36 and the men’s 3,000 meter run in 8:31.29.  He also anchored Butler’s winning distance medley relay team (10:08.93).

Legg, who was chosen as the women’s Running Newcomer of the Year, won the women’s 800 meter run in 2:14.81 and then captured the women’s mile in 4:57.56.  She also ran on Butler’s winning distance medley relay team (11:59.60).

The two Butler multiple-winners were among six Bulldogs who claimed individual first place finishes.  Senior Rob Mullett won the men’s 800 in 1:54.76, while junior Madison Roeder captured the men’s 5,000 in 14:36.08.  In the women’s competition, freshman Katie Clark won the women’s 3,000 meter run in 9:48.15, while freshman Lauren McKillop took the women’s 5,000 in 17:30.22.

Butler, which captured the runner-up finishes despite not scoring a single point in the field events, was dominant in the middle distance and distance races.  Butler’s men scored 81 points in four races (800, mile, 3,000 and 5,000), while Butler’s women tallied  93 points in the same four events!

The Bulldogs captured five of the top six spots in the men’s mile and three of the top four in the men’s 3,000.  In the mile, Butler had four runners finish less than a second apart!  Mullett (4:13.53) came in second behind Macdonald, followed by senior Kris Gauson (4:13.61) and senior Stephen Lisgo (4:13.69).  Senior Justin Roeder (4:17.56) finished sixth in the event.

In the men’s 3,000, senior Tom Boardman (8:32.24) came in third, with Madison Roeder (8:32.79) finishing fourth.

Lisgo, who joined Macdonald, freshman Romeo Harper and freshman Kevin Oblinger on Butler’s distance medley squad, took second in the men’s 800 in 1:55.74.  Justin Roeder was fourth in the men’s 5,000 in 14:55.28, while senior Boardman was sixth (15:00.67).  Butler’s final points were scored by junior Brent Sever, who placed second in the men’s 60 meter hurdles in 8.44.

In the women’s competition, Butler swept the top five places in the mile, the top three spots in the 800 and the top two places in both the 3,000 and 5,000!  McKillop finished just four-tenths of a second behind Legg in the mile, while freshman Shelbi Burnett was third in 4:58.24.  Clark came in fourth in the mile in 5:01.11 and senior Whitney Turner was fifth in 5:08.73.

McKillop also placed runner-up in the 3,000 in 9:48.42, just 0.27 behind Clark, while senior Marbeth Shiell was fourth in 10:09.84.  Shiell finished second in the 5,000 (17:38.64), while junior Rosie Edwards was sixth (17:54.24).
Freshman Kaitlyn Love, who joined Legg, Clark and senior Erica Hunt on the winning distance medley relay team, claimed a runner-up finish in the 800 in 2:16.27, while Burnett came in fourth in 2:17.21.

Milwaukee won the men’s title with 177 points, while the Bulldogs finished with 100.  The Panthers also claimed the women’s crown with 174 points, while Butler finished with 103.