June 7, 2012

Bulldogs Prominent At American Milers Club

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Three athletes with Butler ties turned in strong performances at the American Milers Club Series, held at Michael Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 6.  The meet was set up to create qualifying marks for the Olympic Trials and Games.

Butler assistant coach Mason Cathey out-sprinted 2010 World 1500 Indoor Finalist Sarah Bowman of New Balance to win the 1500 in a lifetime best of 4:12.34.  Bowman, a two-time NCAA Champion at Tennessee, finished in 4:12.58.  Both runners finished under the Olympic Trials 1500 meter “A” standard.

In the same race, Butler junior Kirsty Legg placed fourth with a lifetime best time of 4:19.14.  She became the first Butler woman to run under 4:20 in the 1500, topping the previous Butler record of 4:20.27 set by Ava Hutchinson in 2005.

And former Butler standout Kris Gauson (right) won the top section of men’s 1500 in 3:39.87.  He raced past former Colorado All-American Stephen Pifer of the Oregon Track Club and Sam Vasquez of Puerto Rico to win the race.  It was the second consecutive finish under 3:40.00 for Gauson, who ran a lifetime best 3:39.08 at the Occidental Invitational in Eagle Rock, Calif., on May 12.  The former Butler runner currently is ranked #8 in Great Britain in the 1500.

Click here to watch the American Milers Club Women’s 1500. (Video shot by former Butler athlete Nate Smurdon)

Click here to watch the American Milers Club Men’s 1500.