Strong Performances Highlight Busy Track Weekend

Strong Performances Highlight Busy Track Weekend
Mara Olson

Gladstein Invitational Results
IPFW Quadrangular Results

The track and field team at Butler picked up a handful of victories, a number of top-three finishes and a new school record during a busy weekend that featured trips to the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington and the IPFW Quadrangular in Fort Wayne.

Butler sent just a few athletes to the Gladstein Invite, all of whom recorded stellar performances. Junior All-American Mara Olson won the women's 3000m run with a time of 9:08.83, breaking her own school record of 9:11.86 last year.  She narrowly missed the Gladstein Fieldhouse record of 9:08.42. Freshman teammate Lauren Wood, running unattached, took second with a time 9:20.98, while junior Katie Good clocked 9:48.26 and finished seventh.

Sophomore Erik Peterson finished third in the men's invitational mile, a race that finished in a virtual three-way tie. Peterson clocked 4:07.88, trailing Andrew Nelson and Sam Penzenstadler, who clocked 4:07.28 and 4:07.61, respectively. Senior Tom Anderson and junior Tom Curr finished ninth and eleventh in the men's invitational 3000m run.

On the women's side at IPFW, sophomore Stephanie Hanagan won the women's 5000m run with a time of 18:16.20. She was followed by freshman teammate Maddie Westerhoff in second place (18:32.01). Junior Nicole Hudec also posted two wins, in the long and triple jumps, with leaps of 5.33m and 11.22m, respectively, while junior Erica Carlson won the 800m run in a time of 2:24.56. Hudec was also second in the 60m dash finals with a time of 7.99s. Junior Bria Booker was third in the 60m hurdles, clocking 9.84s.

Butler took the top two spots in the men's mile, with sophomore Chris Kelsey winning the race with a time of 4:18.98. Junior James Martin followed in 4:19.89.

Sophomore Luke Zygmunt and senior Alex Berry also took wins in the 800m run (1:57.32) and 200m dash (22.59), respectively. The men's 4x4 won their relay, clocking 3:23.48, and senior Nigel Spears took the title in the long jump, marking 6.49m.

Also for the men, sophomore Keigan Culler took second in the 5000m run with a time of 15:19.29. Junior Billy Klimczak was third in 15:28.08. Seniors Andrew Wallace and Dominique Stephens each took second as well, with Wallace clocking 50.87 in the 400m dash and Stephens hitting 12.81m in shot put.

The Bulldogs' next appearance is scheduled for January 31 at the UW Invitation and Indiana Relays.

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