June 7, 2013

Butler Sports Year Ends At NCAA Track Championship

EUGENE, ORE. -- Junior Katie Clark closed out Butler's 2012-13 sports year in the women's 5,000 meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Friday, June 7.  Her final race was one of two appearances for the Butler All-American at this year's national meet, hosted by the University of Oregon.

Clark, a two-time track champion in the Atlantic 10 Conference, wound up placing 23rd in the 5,000 with a time of 16:45.92.  The final race came two days after she placed 22nd in the women's 10,000 meter run with a time of 35:31.07.  Clark was Butler's only athlete to advance to the national championship at Hayward Field.

The final event wrapped up a stellar year for Clark and for the Bulldogs.  Last fall, she captured the individual title and led Butler to its first A-10 championship at the conference cross country meet.  She went on to earn All-America honors with a 22nd place finish at the NCAA National Championship.

This spring, Clark won individual crowns in both the 1,500 and the 5,000 at the A-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship.  She set Butler records in both the 5,000 and the 10,000 and advanced to the national meet in both events.

The women's cross country title was one of four championships captured by Butler teams in 2012-13.  The Bulldogs also captured the A-10 men's cross country crown and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's golf title.  Butler's football team tied for the Pioneer Football League championship.

Clark's appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship capped a year that saw Butler athletes competing in NCAA national competitions in women's cross country, men's basketball and women's golf.  The Butler men's basketball team advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, while the women's golf team made it to the NCAA Central Regional for the third consecutive year.