Middle Distance Crew Leads Butler Track Squads

Tom Curr

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler's track and field squads turned in several strong middle distance and distance performances at two meets to highlight a busy weekend of competition.  The Bulldogs had squad members competing at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio, and at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

The Bulldogs' 1500 meter crew took center stage at the two meets, nearly 2,000 miles apart.  Butler swept two of the top four spots in both the men's and women's 1500 meter runs at the Miami Invitational and two of the top six spots in the men's 1500 at the Sun Angel Classic.

Sophomore Tom Curr led the way in Arizona.  He placed third in the men's 1500 meter run in 3:42.79, just two seconds off the school record held by Kris Gauson (2011).  Junior Ross Clarke came in sixth in the same race in 3:43.94.

At the Miami Invitational, freshman Luke Zygmunt came in second and sophomore Harry Ellis fourth in the men's 1500.  Zygmunt covered the distance in 3:53.82, while Ellis finished in 3:59.  Sophomore Mara Olson finished runner-up in the women's 1500 in 4:33.29, while senior Laren McKillop came in third in 4:33.91.  Freshman Olivia Pratt was tenth in the race in 4:41.29.

The Bulldogs also picked up a runner-up finish from Kodi Mullins in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase in Arizona.  Mullins posted a time of 9:14.39.  Senior Kevin Oblinger came in sixth in the event in 9:30.26.

Freshman Erick Peterson rounded out Butler's Arizona squad with a fourth place finish in the men's 5,000 meter run.  He finished in 14:41.63.

Other top finishes for the Bulldogs in Ohio were turned in by freshman Julia Williams and sophomores Kiley Shelley and Nicole Hudec.  Williams placed third in the women's 5,000 in 17:40, while Shelley was fifth in the women's 400 hurdles in 1:05.61.  Hudec finished  fifth in the women's triple jump with a leap of 36-01.25.

Sophomore James Martin came in sixth in the men's 5,000 in 14:36.49, senior Kaitlyn Love finished sixth in the women's 800 in 2:16.90, and Butler's 4 X 100 relay team of Kelly Davidson, Maddie Cassidy, Shelley and Hudec wound up sixth with a time of 49.62.Sophomore Kellen Strobel placed seventh in the men's 800 in 1:55.71.