May 5, 2013

Butler Men Third, Women Tenth At A-10 Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Butler's picked up five individual titles and a couple of runner-up finishes in its Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship debut in Charlotte, N.C.  The Bulldogs wound up placing third in the men's competition and tenth in the women's meet at the league championship, which wrapped up on Sunday (May 5).

Senior Katie Clark led a strong distance performance by the Bulldogs with a pair of individual titles.  The All-American runner claimed the women's 1500 meter title with a time of 4:24.74, and then she raced to a first place finish in the women's 5,000 in 16:17.30.  Clark joined Kiara Porter of VCU (200 & 400) with two individual titles on the women's side.

Butler freshman Olivia Pratt also picked up an individual crown with a victory in the women's 10,000 meter run in 35:32.20.  Pratt then finished fourth in the 5,000 in 17:04.14.  The first-year runner was named Most Outstanding Rookie Performer after the meet.

In the men's competition, sophomores Kodi Mullins and Tom Curr each came away with an individual title.  Mullins won the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase in 8:51.58, while Curr claimed the men's 800 meter run in 1:51.36.

Curr also had a runner-up finish in the men's 1500 meter run, finishing in 3:52.01 and narrowly being edged by Kevin Fitzgerald of Fordham (3:51.80).  Junior Ross Clarke, who placed third in the 800 (1:52.50), came in fourth in the 1500 (3:53.35).

Butler's other runner-up finish was turned in by junior Tom Anderson, who placed second in the men's 5,000 in 14:26.19.  Anderson also finished third in the men's 10,000 in 30:05.68.

Other top performances by the Bulldogs were turned in by freshman Erik Peterson, who placed fourth in the men's 5,000 (14:33.91), and sophomore Nicole Hudec, who came in fifth with school records in both the women's 100 and the women's triple jump.  She qualified in the 100 in 12.07, breaking her own school mark of 12.41, and then she posted a 12.17 in the finals.  She boosted her school record in the triple jump to 38-04.25.

The Bulldogs also posted a third place finish in the men's 4 X 800 relay.  The team of Clarke, Mullins, sophomore Kellen Strobel and Curr finished the race in 3:20.82

Rhode Island captured the men's team title, while Charlotte won the women's crown.  The league championship meet was Butler's final A-10 track and field appearance.  The Bulldogs will begin competition in the new BIG EAST next year.

2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Men's & Women's Track and Field Championship
May 4-5, Charlotte, N.C.

Men:
Rhode Island 198, Charlotte 175, BUTLER 70, Temple 67, VCU 63, Saint Joseph's 62, La Salle 51, Fordham 51, Massachusetts 37, Duquesne 34, Xavier 31, Saint Louis 9, Richmond 6.

Women:
Charlotte 120.5, Rhode Island 98, Duquesne 97, VCU 97, Dayton 88, Temple 68, Massachusetts 67, Saint Louis 64.5, Richmond 50, BUTLER 45, La Salle 30, Fordham 13, Xavier 10, Saint Joseph's 10.