Butler Track Competes Near And Far

Tom Curr

Butler sent track and field athletes both south and west this weekend, with the Bulldogs participating in the elite University of Washington Invitational as well as the Indiana Relays.

Out west, the Bulldogs recorded a handful of stellar performances from the few Butler athletes in attendance.

Erik Peterson took third in the 5000 meter run, followed by teammate Tom Anderson in fifth. They clocked 14:21.04 and 14:24.08, respectively.

"The guys ran really well," head coach Matt Roe said. "That timeline wasn't as quick as they probably wanted it to be, but they went third and fifth overall in the 5k out here, and that was a really competitive race."

Despite the odd pacing, Peterson recorded a 9-second personal record in the race, which is particularly difficult when the race starts out at a slow pace.

"It was a bit of a weird race," he said, "pedestrian at the start. Tom and I had to take the lead unfortunately, because we kind of had to.

"We ended up getting passed and got stuck in no-man's land, so I'm a little frustrated with the race but happy with the PR. Just getting better every week and trying to move forward."

Katie Good and Mara Olson were also in attendance at Washington. Good clocked 16:51.13 and took twelfth in the women's 5000m run - a race in which the winner recorded the fastest time in the nation this season. Olson, in the women's 3000m run invitational, took sixth behind multiple professionals and just one collegian. Her time was 9:15.15.

"Katie had a nice improvement from last week," Roe said. "And Mara was in a fast field. The way the race played out wasn't to her strengths - it was uneven and went out fast. But that was really good for her to be in that kind of race, and she competed really well."

The Bulldogs fared well back in Indiana as well. Senior Shelbi Burnett placed sixth in section one of the mile with a time of 5:02.91. Erica Carlson was fifth in section three of the women's 800m run, clocking 2:22.55.

Kirsty Legg, running unattached, took second in the invitational mile with a time of 4:46.36.

On the men's side, Alex Berry finished first in the 600m run (non-invitational), clocking 1:19.60 and shaving nearly two seconds off his own school record. Tom Curr was fifth in the first section of the mile, clocking 4:03.22 and coming in behind just one other college athlete.

The Bulldogs' next appearance will be in Notre Dame, Ind. for the Meyo Invite on February 7.

Contact:  Bethany Werge (bwerge@butler.edu)