February 27, 2011

Gauson, Legg Pace Butler At League Championship

Horizon League Championship Results

GENEVA, OHIO -- Senior Kris Gauson and sophomore Kirsty Legg each picked up a pair of individual titles and the two helped power the Butler men’s and women’s track squads to third place team finishes at the 2011 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship.  The league meet concluded at the GaREAT Complex in Geneva, Ohio, on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Gauson successfully defended his title in the men’s 800 with a winning time of 1:51.40.  He narrowly edged teammates Ross Clarke, who finished runner-up in 1:52.00, and Craig Jordan, who came in fourth in 1:52.06.

The Bulldogs also had a one-two finish in the men’s mile, with Gauson taking the title in 4:07.86 and Clarke finishing second in 4:09.81.

Butler’s other individual title in the men’s competition came in the 3,000, where the Bulldogs captured four of the top six spots.  Senior Justin Roeder won the event in 8:27.17, out-racing teammates Matt Proctor, who finished runner-up in 8:29.22, and Craig Gundersen, who placed third in 8:29.73.  Clarke came in sixth in 8:38.32.

The Bulldogs also picked up fifth place finishes from senior Brent Sever (8.43) in the men’s 60 hurdles and freshman Alex Berry (49.14) in the men’s 400, and a sixth place finish from freshman Nigel Spears (21-11.75) in the men’s long jump.  Sever broke his own school record in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.41 in the prelims.  Butler’s 4 X 400 relay team of Berry, Andrew Wallace, Brad Magnetta and Kris Gauson also set a school mark with a time of 3:21.93, while placing sixth.

Legg, who broke a league record with a time of 2:10.72 in the prelims of the women’s 800, successfully defended her championships in both the 800 and the women’s mile.  She won the 800 in 2:12.33 and captured the mile in 5:03.70.

Sophomore Katie Clark, who finished runner-up in the women’s 5000 on the first day of the championship, added a pair of second place finishes on the final day of competition.  She finished narrowly behind Legg in the mile run in 5:03.90 and came in second in the women’s 3,000 in 9:48.60.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Love placed fourth in the mile in 5:07.71 and sixth in the 800 in 2:16.18.  Sophomore Lauren McKillop posted a third place finish in the 3,000 in 10:02.09.

Milwaukee captured both the men’s and women’s team titles at the league meet.  Detroit finished second in the men’s competition, while Youngstown State placed runner-up in the women’s championship.