Butler track assistant coach Mason Cathey will run the
steeplechase in the semi-final round at the USA Outdoor
Championships on Friday (June 24) at 6:55 p.m. PST. The
championships, which will take place at Hayward Field on the
University of Oregon’s campus, are being held from June
Cathey, who came to Butler in 2010, previously served as head coach at Central Florida. She left her position to pursue running full time and moved to Indianapolis to join the Indiana Invaders Track Club. After running with the Invaders for a few years, she said she felt stagnant and left the team to find other opportunities to aid in her improvement.
She accepted an assistant coaching position at Butler and began regularly training with the women’s team. During her first year with the Bulldogs, she achieved personal bests at every distance: the 800 meter, 1500 meter, mile, 3000 meter, 3000 meter steeplechase and 5000 meter runs.
Cathey, who now competes for Saucony, gained the USA “A” standard by running the steeplechase in under 10 minutes twice to win the Mt. SAC Relays in April and the Music City Distance Carnival, which took place in Nashville on June 4. In Nashville, she ran a personal best of 9:58.42, which ranked her as the United States’ 11th fastest women in 2011.
In addition, she achieved another USA “A” standard qualifying mark by winning the 800 meter race at the American Miler’s Club Series on June 11, but will not run this race in the national championships. Her time of 2:03.61 was a personal best. On June 15, she followed up her win in the series’ 1500 meter race with a second-place finish and a time of 4:16.54, another personal best.
“I think Mason’s story is one of inspiration for post-college runners,” Butler track and cross country head coach Matt Roe said. “Our whole program will be rooting for Coach Cathey this weekend!”
Coverage for Friday’s race will be aired on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. EST. The final, which will take place on Sunday (June 26) at 1:45 p.m. PST, will be aired on NBC at 5 p.m. EST.