July 20, 2009

Stephen Lisgo Places Fifth At European Championships

Butler track and field All-American Stephen Lisgo added to an already impressive resume by placing fifth in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Sunday, July 19.  The Butler junior was competing as a member of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.

Lisgo placed runner-up in the second semifinal of the steeplechase with a time of 8:59.45, and he entered the finals ranked ninth overall.  He then raced to a fifth place finish in the finals with a time of 8:45.77, five seconds behind individual champ Aleksandr Pavelyev of Russia.

The 2009 Horizon League steeplechase champion, Lisgo earned All-America honors by placing third in the steeplechase at the 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship.  His national meet finish was the best by a male Butler athlete in nearly seven decades.

Lisgo, a Mansfield, U.K., native, earned a spot on the UK Athletics team for the European Championships by winning Great Britain’s AAA U23 Steeplechase title in late June.