February 8, 2009

Tommy Davies, Kris Gauson Pace Bulldogs At Meyo Invitational

Feb. 8, 2009

Senior Tommy Davies posted a fourth place finish in the men's 5,000 meter race and brothers Darren and Kris Gauson participated in an historic mile race to highlight the performance of a limited Butler squad at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The two-day meet wrapped up at the Loftus Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The feature race of the meet was the Meyo Mile, featuring a number of top competitors from across the nation. Darren Gauson, a Butler assistant coach running to set the pace, led the field for more than half the race, and four runners wound up breaking four minutes. Shane Knoll of Michigan State won the race in 3:57.36, while Lee Emanuel of New Mexico crossed the line in 3:57.91. Justin Switzer of Michigan (3:58.86) and Jacob Boone of Oklahoma (3:59.07) also broke the four-minute barrier. Kris Gauson came in 10th in 4:04.83.

"The atmosphere was electric and that, along with Darren's expert pace, set up one of the greatest mile races in NCAA history," said Butler head coach Matt Roe after the meet. "It was great to see both Kris and Darren in such a historic race."

Davies had the Bulldogs' highest finish in the meet. He paced three teammates in the men's 5,000 meter race, finishing in 14:10.53, a second behind Zac Edwards of South Alabama in third place. Butler senior Andy Baker came in 14th in the race in 14:29.90, while junior Steve Lisgo was 24th in 14:48.77.

The Bulldogs also had three competitors in the men's 3,000 meter race and one in the women's 3,000 meter run. Junior Joe MacDonald led the way with a 10th place finish in 8:13.36. Junior Justin Roeder came in 24th in 8:30.99, while junior Rob Mullett finished 26th in 8:31.51. Junior Marbeth Shiell placed 21st in the women's 3,000 in 10:00.96.

"It was a bit of a bittersweet weekend for us," added Roe. "Both Andy Baker and Rob Mullett were battling minor injuries, and it was reflective in their performances. On the other hand, we had some great performances from Tommy Davies and Kris Gauson, both of whom narrowly missed national qualifying marks."