January 17, 2009

Bulldogs Turn In Strong Showing At Notre Dame Opener

Jan. 17, 2009

Butler kicked off the 2009 portion of its indoor track and field schedule with a limited squad and a maximum performance at the Notre Dame Opener held in Notre Dame, Ind., on Friday, Jan. 16. The Bulldogs had just a handful of competitors entered in the non-scoring meet and each turned in a solid performance.

"I can't think of a better way to open the season," said Butler head coach Matt Roe. "To come up to Notre Dame and have dominant performances really sets the tone for our program. It is evident that our group had a great winter break of training."

Junior Rob Mullett, running in his first indoor meet for the Bulldogs, led the way with a pair of strong efforts. He won the men's mile in 4:10.62, finishing the last half mile in 2:01 to edge teammate Steve Lisgo (4:11.54). He then came back 40 minutes later and placed third in the men's 800, perhaps the meet's most exciting race. Kevin Labus of Notre Dame won the 800 in 1:53.00, just a fraction of a second ahead of Butler's Kris Gauson (1:53.40) and Mullett (1:53.64).

Rob is really fit, without tapping into any speedwork yet," noted Roe. "He has positioned himself well to have a breakout season."

Butler also had two runners finish in the "Top 3" in the men's 3,000. Sophomores Matt Lawder (8:39) and Madison Roeder (8:40.19) finished second and third, respectively, in the distance event.

In the women's competition, senior Marbeth Shiell placed fourth in the mile run (5:07.22) and junior Sara Bird came in seventh in the 3,000 (10:42.61).

The Bulldogs will be back in action at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24.