Gauson, Clark Lead Butler In Washington Meet

SEATTLE, WASH. -- Distance stalwarts Kris Gauson and Katie Clark turned in strong individual performances to lead a small contingent of Butler runners at the powerful Flotrack Husky Classic, hosted by the University of Washington.  The two day meet concluded in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday (Feb. 12).

Gauson placed third in the second-fastest of eight sections of the mile run.  He covered the distance in 4:01.38 to finish behind Lawi Lalang of Arizona, who recorded a sub-four minute mile (3:59.13) and Patrick McGregor of Texas (4:00.85).

Sophomore Kirsty Legg finished 11th in the fastest section of the women’s mile.  She crossed the finish line in 4:46.24, her third fastest time ever.

Also competing in the mile was freshman Harry Ellis, who placed 11th in his section in 4:11.98.  Freshman Ross Clarke came in ninth in the second-fastest section of the men’s 3,000 in a lifetime best 8:02.29.

On the opening day of the meet, sophomore Katie Clark posted a ninth place finish in her section of the women’s 5,000 in 16:28.02, breaking the school record of 16:43.08, set by Genni Gardner in 2007.  Senior Justin Roeder placed 10th in the men’s 5,000 in a lifetime best time of 14:13.03.

While the six Butler distance runners were competing a considerable distance away, the bulk of Butler’s track and field squad was in action at the DePauw Indoor Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 12).  Butler’s men picked up one individual title and placed 11th of 21 teams, while Butler’s women had four individual champs and finished sixth of 19 teams.

Leading the Butler men was senior Brent Sever, who won the 55 meter hurdles in 7.99.  Senior Taylor Eaton came in third in the men’s 5000 in 15:34.30, while freshman Andrew Wallace was third in the men’s 800 in 1:59.75.  Freshman Nigel Spears posted a fourth place finish in the men’s long jump with a leap of 20-04.50.

Junior Lauren Haberkorn won the women’s 5000 in 18:13.34, while senior Rosie Edwards captured the women’s mile in 5:15.70.  Sophomore Kaitlyn Love won the women’s 600 in 1:40.49, and sophomore Shelbi Burnett won the women’s 800 in 2:22.48.

Sophomore Nicole Humphrey came in third in the women’s 3000 in 11:35.36.