Gauson, Legg Lead Butler At Indiana Relays

BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- Senior Kris Gauson and sophomore Kirsty Legg continued their strong indoor track season with top performances to lead Butler at the Indiana Relays, hosted by Indiana University.  The two-day meet wrapped up at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 29.

Gauson narrowly missed a sub-four minute mile in a race that produced the world’s fastest mile this season.  The Butler distance ace placed third in the Men’s Mile Invitational with a time of 4:00.31.  The race was won by Indiana’s Andy Bayer, who crossed the finish line in a world-best 3:57.75.  Ross Millington of New Mexico came in second in 3:59.86.  Butler freshman Ross Clarke was seventh in the competition in 4:04.07.

Legg placed runner-up in both the Women’s 800 Invitational and the Women’s Mile Invitational.  She crossed the finish line in the 800 race in 2:11.31, coming in just over a second behind Rebecca Addison of Michigan.  In the mile, Legg finished in 4:41.59, breaking her own school record of 4:44.49 set last year.  Butler sophomore Katie Clark came in fifth in the mile in 4:46.00.

Freshman Brad Magnetta picked up an individual victory for the Bulldogs with a win in the men’s 600 in 1:22.86.  Freshman Andrew Wallace, who won his section of the race, placed fifth overall in the 600 in 1:24.60.

Freshman Alex Berry finished fourth in the men’s 400 in 50.49, while sophomore Kevin Oblinger placed fourth in the men’s 5,000 in 15:18.91.  Freshman Nigel Spears posted a sixth place finish in the men’s long jump with a leap of 21-03.50.  Sophomore Lauren McKillop finished seventh in the women’s 3,000 with a time of 10:09.62, and freshman Harry Ellis placed seventh in the men’s 800 Invitational in 1:58.52.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Feb. 4-5 at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend.