Butler Men Fourth, Women Ninth At A-10 Indoor Championship

Butler's winning distance medley relay team. (Photo by Mike Freeman)

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Junior Craig Jordan and sophomores Tom Curr and Mara Olson captured individual titles to lead Butler in its first Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, which concluded on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the University of Rhode Island.  Butler's men placed fourth in a 12-team field, while Butler's women came in ninth of 14 squads.

Jordan and Curr each contributed to a pair of Butler titles.  Jordan won the men's 1,000 meter run  in 2:27.33, while Curr captured the men's mile in 4:16.48.  The two also combined with junior Alex Berry and freshman Kellen Strobel to win the men's distance medley relay in 10:00.87.

Olson captured the women's 3,000 meter race, and led Butler to a one-two finish with a time of 9:46.95.  Senior Lauren McKillop finished runner-up in the race in 9:48.74.

The women's 3,000 was one of two "Top 3" finishes for both Olson and McKillop.  Olson came in third in the women's mile in 4:57.97, finishing just behind teammate Kirsty Legg who placed runner-up in 4:56.83.  McKillop finished third in the women's 5,000 in 17:11.80.  Legg also had an eighth place finish in the women's 1,000 in 3:02.95.

Junior Tom Anderson turned in a strong performance for Butler's men with a pair of runner-up finishes to the Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer, Alfredo Santana of La Salle.  Anderson came in second in the men's 3,000 in 8:24.86, finishing just 0:00.44 behind Santana, and then he finished the 5,000 in 14:25.56, just over a second behind the La Salle ace.

Junior Ross Clarke had a third place finish in the men's 1,000 in 2:27.69, while freshman Luke Zygmunt came in fifth in 2:29.22.  The top three finishers in the men's, 1000 were separated by 0:00.36!  Curr came in fifth in the men's 800 in 1:56.97.

Butler's men also had fourth place finishes in both the 4 X 400 relay and the 4 X 800 relay.

The Bulldogs recorded three school records during the two-day championship.  Sophomore Bria Booker broke the school pentathlon record with a final point total of 3,164.  Booker finished second in the shot put portion of the pentathlon with a toss of 11.21 meters.  Butler also set school marks for both the men's and women's 4 X 800 relay.  The women's team of Legg, Erica Carlson, Taylor Royalty and Kaitlyn Love posted a school mark of 9:34, while the men's team of Strobel, Zygmunt, Jordan and Clarke finished with a record time of 7:44.37.

Charlotte swept both the men's and women's indoor titles.