April 16, 2011

Kris Gauson Sets School Mark In California

WALNUT, CALIF. -- Senior Kris Gauson paced an elite 1500 meter field and broke his own school record to highlight Butler’s track and field performance at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16.  The middle distance ace led a select group of Butler athletes competing in the nationally-prominent meet.

Gauson finished first in the Men’s 1500 Olympic Development Elite race in a Butler record time of 3:40.59.  He shattered the school mark of 3:42.13 that he set in 2009.  The Butler standout out-raced Jeremy Rae of Notre Dame (3:41.11), David Bishop of New Mexico (3:41.12), Abdi Hassan of Arizona (3:41.57) and Diego Estrada of Northern Arizona (3:41.80) to claim the individual title.

Butler also picked up a 10th place finish in the Women’s 1500 Olympic Development Elite race from sophomore Kirsty Legg.  She finished in 4:21.69, just off the school mark of 4:20.27 held by Ava Hutchinson (2005).

Freshman Callum Hawkins placed 13th (14:11.60) and senior Justin Roeder came in 28th (14:30.72) in the Men’s 5000 Open-B U/O event, while junior Craig Gundersen finished 19th (14:32.05) and senior Tom Boardman came in 32nd (14:42.29) in the Men’s 5000 Open-C U/O race.  Junior Matt Proctor placed 18th (14:36.40) in the Men’s 5000 Open-D U/O race.

Sophomore Katie Clark came in 15th in the Women’s 5000 Open-B U/O event in 16:36.16.  Senior Marbeth Shiell finished 25th (16:56.37) and sophomore Lauren McKillop came in 31st (17:10.96) in the same event.

Sophomore Craig Jordan came in 13th in his section of the Men’s 1500 U/O in 3:54.14.