Records Highlight Busy Track Weekend
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler's track and field squads, competing in two states over four days, recorded several top individual efforts, including a pair of school records. The Bulldogs had a contingent of runners in California at the Mt. Sac Relays and a second crew in Bloomington, Ind., at the Polytan Invitational, and both groups had notable performances.
Senior Madison Roeder (right), junior Kirsty Legg and freshman Tom Curr posted Butler's top performances in California. Roeder posted a time of 30:01.60 in the men's 5,000 meter run at the Mt. Sac Relays. His time puts him in solid contention for a spot in the NCAA Regionals. Legg placed fourth in her section of the women's 1500 meter run with a time of 4:21.32, while Curr came in fifth in his section of the men's 1500 in 3:45.98. Legg wound up 12th overall in the women's 1500, while Curr came in eighth in the men's 1500.
Freshman Mara Olson placed ninth in her section of the 1500 in 4:32.43, while junior Kaitlyn Love was 14th in her section of the race in 4:41.93. Sophomore Ross Clarke finished sixth in his section of the men's 1500 in 3:50.13, while freshman Harry Ellis placed 23rd in the men's 5,000 in 14:42.46.
Butler's biggest highlight in California was turned in by assistant coach Mason Cathey, who ran the fastest women's 3,000 meter steeplechase time by an American woman this year. Cathey placed runner-up in the Invite Elite steeplechase (click here) in 9:48.67.
The Bulldogs' performance at the Polytan Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, was highlighted by a pair of school record efforts. Freshman Nicole Hudec broke her own school mark in the women's triple jump with a leap of 35-10. She placed fifth overall in the event. Hudec, who also placed fifth in the women's long jump (17-06.25), then helped Butler's 4 X 100 relay team to a school-record time of 50.30. She was joined on that unit by sophomore Maddie Cassidy and freshmen Bria Booker and Kelly Davidson.
The Butler quartet broke the school mark of 50.41 set by Michelle Love, Amy Adzia, Shelley Bruner and Bridgett Davis in 1990.
Hudec further had a sixth place finish in the women's 100 in 12.44, just 0.02 shy of the Butler record set by Christi Broadus in 1994.
The Bulldogs will be back in action with their first home meet since 1998 when they host IPFW and IUPUI on Saturday, April 28.