June 30, 2009

Butler’s Stephen Lisgo To Compete In European U23 Championships

Stephen Lisgo, who earned All-America honors as a junior on the Butler track and field squad this past spring, has been selected to the 52-member Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Athletics Under-23 Championships.  The international competition will take place July 16-19 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Lisgo earned his spot on the UK Athletics team by winning Great Britain’s AAA U23 Steeplechase title on Saturday, June 27.  He ran the race in Great Britain just 24 hours after wrapping up a summer school course at Butler and departing Indianapolis.

Lisgo joined Butler’s track and cross country teams in 2008-09.  He earned All-America honors at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., by placing third in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase in a Butler-record time of 8:35.49.  His time broke the previous Butler mark of 8:42.5 set by Mark Tucker in 2002.  Lisgo’s national meet finish was the best by a Butler athlete since 2005, when Victoria Mitchell won the women’s steeplechase, and the best by a male Butler athlete in nearly seven decades!

A native of Mansfield, U.K., Lisgo won the steeplechase at the 2009 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship in a league-record 8:51.49.  He also placed fourth at the league meet in the men’s 1,500 meter run in 3:56.07, finishing behind three Butler teammates.  He went on to place third in the steeplechase at the NCAA Mideast Regional and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA national meet.  He earned 2009 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year recognition.