December 13, 2011

Three Bulldogs Earn League Track Honor

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Freshmen Tom Curr and Nicole Hudec and sophomore Nigel Spears turned in top performances at the Hoosier Open and the three have been named Horizon League Track and Field Athletes of the Week.  Curr was chosen Men’s Runner of the Week, Hudec claimed Women’s Field Athlete of the Week recognition and Spears was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.

Curr, competing in the first indoor meet of the season, broke Butler’s 1000 meter record with a time of 2:24.35.  He topped the previous Butler mark of 2:24.79, set by Olympian Scott Overall in 2006.  Curr placed third in the event behind former Butler standout Kris Gauson (2:21.03) and Indiana All-American De’Sean Turner (2:22.45).

Hudec, who won Horizon League Field Athlete of the Week honors for the second consecutive week, continued her record-setting pace with a pair of school marks at the Hoosier Open.  She broke her own school record in the triple jump with a leap of 36-07.50, breaking the mark of 36-01 that she set one week earlier.  She also set a school mark in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.41, breaking the record of 7.94 set by Jenn Sewall in 2001.

Spears placed runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 22-09.24 and fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 40-00.75 at the Hoosier Open.  He was competing in the triple jump for the first time this season.

Butler’s track and field squad will take a break for the holidays before returning to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Illini Open in Champaign, Ill.