Bulldogs Head To Horizon League Championship

2011 Horizon League Championship Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler will look to a strong corps of middle distance and distance runners to spark its bid when it competes in the 2011 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship, beginning on Friday, May 6.  The three-day meet, hosted by Butler, will be held at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.

Action on Friday will begin at 2 p.m. (ET) with competition in the decathlon and heptathlon.  Finals in the men’s/women’s discus and men’s/women’s 10,000 meter run are slated for later in the afternoon and evening.  On Saturday, the decathlon/heptathlon will begin at 9 a.m., while field events will start at 1:30 p.m.  Preliminaries in the running events will start at 3 p.m.  Sunday’s finals in the field events will begin at 11 a.m., while the running events will start at noon.

Butler returns three champions from last year’s league meet, including a pair of double-winners.  Kirsty Legg won both the women’s 800 and the women’s 1500 a year ago, while Lauren McKillop captured titles in the women’s 5,000 and the women’s 10,000.  Justin Roeder returns after winning the men’s 5,000 at last year’s meet.

Also on hand for the Bulldogs are a host of athletes who placed runner-up in the league championship a year ago.  Kris Gauson finished second in both the men’s 800 and the men’s 1500, and he boasts the league’s top 1500 meter time this year.  Roeder, who has the league’s best time in the men’s 10,000 this spring, was runner-up in the 10,000 a year ago.  McKillop was second in the women’s 1500 last year, while Kaitlyn Love finished runner-up in the women’s 800.  Marbeth Shiell placed second in the women’s 5,000 at last year’s meet, while Nicole Humphrey was runner-up in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase.

Heading into this weekend’s competition, Legg boasts the Horizon League’s top times in both the women’s 800 and the women’s 1500, while Shiell tops the league in the women’s 5,000.  McKillop has the league’s best mark in the women’s 10,000 and Shelbi Burnett leads the pack in the women’s steeplechase.  On the men’s side, Callum Hawkins boasts the league’s best 5,000 meter time.

A year ago, Butler swept the top thee spots in the women’s 800 and the top four positions in the women’s 1500, and all of those runners return this year.

Butler placed third in the women’s competition a year ago, while Butler’s men were fourth.  Milwaukee won both the men’s and women’s titles.