Butler Relay Wins At League Meet

First Day Results

GENEVA, OHIO -- Butler, paced by the women’s distance medley relay team, opened solidly on the first day of the 2011 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship at the GaREAT Complex in Geneva, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 26.  Butler’s men ended the opening day in a tie for second place, while Butler’s women stood fourth.

Highlighting Butler’s opening day performance was the winning effort of the women’s distance medley relay team.  The four-runner unit of Shelbi Burnett, Maddie Cassidy, Kaitlyn Love and Kirsty Legg crossed the finish line in a facility record 12:03.31, more than nine seconds ahead of runner-up Milwaukee.

Butler further had three of the top six finishers in the women’s 5,000.  Sophomore Katie Clark finished runner-up with a time of 16:57.99 (one of four competitors to better the existing facility record of 17:25.44), while sophomore Lauren McKillop came in fourth in 17:20.38 (also topping the previous facility record).  Senior Rosie Edwards was sixth in 17:58.48.

The Bulldogs also had three of the top six finishers in the men’s 5,000.  Junior Matt Proctor placed runner-up in 14:26.94, while senior Justin Roeder was third in 14:31.97.  Junior Craig Gundersen came in fifth in 14:46.42.

Butler’s team of Craig Jordan, Andrew Wallace, Brad Magnetta and Harry Ellis came in third in the men’s distance medley relay in 10:04.29, one of three teams to top the existing facility record of 10:07.69..

The Bulldogs also turned in strong qualifying performances in the men’s and women’s 800.  Legg was the top qualifier in the women’s 800, setting a new Horizon League record with a time of 2:10.72, while Love qualified fourth.  Butler claimed the top three qualifying spots in the men’s 800 behind freshman Ross Clarke, senior Kris Gauson and Jordan.

Also advancing to the finals for Butler were senior Brent Sever in the men’s 60 hurdles and freshman Alex Berry in the men’s 400.

The league championship meet will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 27.