Six Bulldogs Compete At Grand Valley Meet

ALLENDALE, MICH. -- Butler came away with a pair of lifetime best performances and a couple of near misses at the Grand Valley State Second To Last Chance Meet on Saturday, May 12.  The Bulldogs had six runners competing in the team's final event before the NCAA Regionals, May 24-26.

"Our group ran really well coming off just a four-day recovery from the conference meet and final exams," said Butler head coach Matt Roe.  "For those who will not advance to the NCAA preliminary, it was great to finish the season on such a high note, and for those moving forward it was a nice tune-up for the NCAA's."

Junior Shelbi Burnett (right) had Butler's highest finish at the meet with a third place effort in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase.  Burnett crossed the finish line in an NCAA provisional time of 10:49.79.  Kathryn Hague, running unattached, won the race in 10:34.24, while Karie McDonald of Grand Valley was second in 10:42.10.

Junior Kaitlyn Love ran a lifetime best of 2:12.07 and placed sixth in the women's 800, while freshman Mara Olson posted a lifetime best of 4:30.41 and a fifth place finish in the women's 1500.

Junior Kevin Oblinger and freshman Kodi Mullins each posted a second-fastest career time in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase.  Oblinger finished fifth in the race in 9:15.23, while Mullins came in seventh in 9:17.79.  Sophomore Craig Jordan, who became ill at the meet, placed 14th in the steeplechase in 9:52.78.