Butler Sends Nine To NCAA Preliminary Round

Butler Sends Nine To NCAA Preliminary Round

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler’s track and field squad will be well-represented at the preliminary round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held in Bloomington, Ind., May 26-28.  Nine Bulldogs will be headed to the NCAA event at Indiana’s E. C. Billy Hayes Track, including 1500 meter top seed Kris Gauson.

The nine Butler athletes were among the top national performers in their respective events accepted into the NCAA’s East preliminary round.  The West preliminary round will be held on the same dates at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

Gauson, the Horizon League champion and record-holder in the 1500 meter run, tops a field of 48 runners at the East meet with a school-record seed time of 3:40.59.  He was ranked third nationally in the 1500 as of May 9.  Gauson was named the Most Outstanding Performer for Running Events at the recent Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

Butler also will be represented in the men’s field at the East preliminary round by Craig Jordan (800), Callum Hawkins (5,000), Justin Roeder (10,000) and Tom Boardman (10,000).  Roeder won the 10,000 meter run at the Horizon League Championship, while Jordan captured the league’s 3,000 meter steeplechase crown and finished runner-up in the 1500.

Butler is one of just three schools in the East Preliminary Round to have runners competing in the men’s 800, 1500, 5000 and 10,000.  Florida State and Columbia are the other two.

Kirsty Legg, who swept the women’s 800 and the women’s 1500 for a second consecutive year at the Horizon League Championship, leads four Butler runners in the women’s field.  She’ll compete in the 1500 meter run at this year’s NCAA meet.  Also heading to Bloomington will be Horizon League 5,000 meter champ Katie Clark, league 10,000 meter champ Lauren McKillop and league 1500 runner-up Marbeth Shiell.  Clark and Shiell will race in the 5,000, while McKillop will compete in the 10,000.

Twelve competitors in each open and relay event at the East Preliminary Round will advance to the national semifinal and final rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Championship at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.

(Photos by John Fetcho)