Feb. 15, 2009
Senior Andy Baker broke the school's 5,000 meter indoor record to highlight a weekend of strong performances by the Butler track and field squad, which was competing in both Washington and Indiana. The Bulldogs had eight athletes competing at the elite Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., while the remainder of the squad was entered in the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind.
Baker turned in a personal best performance while running in the top section of the men's 5,000 meter run at the Husky Classic, the nation's deepest indoor meet for distance running. He crossed the finish line in 14:00.51, to break the previous Butler record of 14:02.32 set by Mark Tucker in 2002. Baker was one of three Butler runners to reach the NCAA national qualifying standard.
Three other Butler runners turned in lifetime best performances in the men's 5,000. Senior Tommy Davies posted a time of 14:05.60 in Section 3 of the race to hit the national qualifying mark, while junior Justin Roeder finished in 14:30.41 and junior Tom Boardman came across in 14:35.75 in Section 2 of the competition.
Junior Kris Gauson also turned in a national qualifying performance with a second place finish in Section 6 of the men's mile run. Gauson posted a lifetime best and the second-fastest time in school history with a 4:00.99 finish, narrowly missing the school record of 4:00.53 held by Scott Overall (2006).
Junior Stephen Lisgo placed first in Section 3 of the men's 3,000 meter race with a lifetime best of 8:05.83. He missed the NCAA qualifying standard by less than two seconds. And junior Marbeth Shiell ran a Butler indoor best of 17:59.97 in the women's 5,000 meter race.
"It's hard for me to pick one race out of an outstanding day of racing from our group," said Butler head coach Matt Roe of his team's performance in Washington. "The competition in Seattle is unbelievable. Watching Kris (Gauson) run a four-minute mile was awesome. Stephen Lisgo blowing the field away in his section of the 3,000 was great, too! Tommy Davies has been one of our most consistent performers and today he lived up to his billing, running the best 5,000 meter race of his life. Andy (Baker) finished the day off by breaking the school record in the 5,000 after a tough race last week. He raced with a lot of courage and guts. I am proud of everyone. We proved once again that we are one of the elite programs in the country."
Butler also turned in several strong performances at the DePauw Invitational, highlighted by a victory in the men's mile run. Senior Kent Wories captured the race in 4:20, finishing ahead of sophomores Madison Roeder (4:26) in third place and Matt Lawder (4:29) in fourth. The Bulldogs also picked up a fourth place finish from junior Sara Bird in the women's 3,000 meter run (10:37.98).
Men's Mile, Section 6: 2. Kris Gauson, 4:00.99
Men's 3000, Section 3: 1. Stephen Lisgo, 8:05.81
Men's 3000, Section 4: 14. Joe MacDonald, 8:12.71
Men's 5000, Section 2: 17. Justin Roeder, 14:30.41; 23. Tom Boardman, 14:35.75
Men's 5000, Section 3 12. Tommy Davies, 14:05.60
Men's 5000, Section 4 16. Andy Baker, 14:00.51
Women's 5000, Section 1: 13. Marbeth Shiell, 17:59.97
Men's 5000: 12. Taylor Eaton, 16:02,19; 14. Orion Wenrich, 16:09.04; 16. Graham Fishell, 16:16.77
Men's 55 Hurdles: 11. Brent Sever, 8.48
Men's Mile: 1. Kent Wories, 4:20; 3. Madison Roeder, 4:26; 4. Matt Lawder, 4:29.50; 26. Brett Millard, 4:50.77
Men's 400: 12. Tyler Kos, 52.04
Men's 200: 14. Tyler Kos, 23.89
Men's Shot Put: 18. Brad Owen, 39-09.75; 21. Nathan Harter, 38-03.25
Women's 5000: 8. Lauren Haberkorn, 19:54.49
Women's Mile: 5. Whitney Turner, 5:17.41
Women's 400: 10. Jessica Langsdon, 1:02.64; 15. Jasmine Carpenter, 1:04.08; 16. Kelsey Druckman, 1:04.12
Women's 800: 16. Sarah Hawkins, 2:43.46
Women's 200: 25. Jessica Langsdon, 27.94
Women's 3000: 4. Sara Bird, 10:37.98; 7. Bonnie Kaminsky, 11:08.15; 16. Mary Andorfer, 11:43.38
Women's High Jump: 7. Rachel Jusczak, 5-01; 10. Amanda Zolman, 4-09