April 7, 2008
Juniors Andy Baker and Tommy Davies and senior Genni Gardner each posted NCAA Regional qualifying times to highlight the performance of Butler's track and field team at the Stanford Invitational held at Cobb Track and Angel Field in Stanford, Calif., on Friday and Saturday (April 4-5). The two-day meet attracted top track and field athletes from across the country.
Baker turned in perhaps the Bulldogs' most impressive performance in the meet with a time of 13:55.87 in the fastest section of the men's 5,000 meter run. His time was a lifetme best by more than 40 seconds and moved him into a "Top 10" NCAA ranking. He was the seventh-fastest collegian in his section, and he topped the NCAA Regional qualifying standard.
Davies also topped the regional qualifying standard, while placing third in his section of the men's 5,000 meter run in a lifetime best 14:10.25. He was just a half second behind the winner of his section. Davies topped his previous outdoor best in the 5,000 by more than 25 seconds.
Gardner was the seventh collegian in the top section of the women's 5,000 meter run. She placed 17th overall in 16:35.42. It was the third-fastest time of her career and topped the NCAA Regional qualifying mark. Her time also placed Gardner among the "Top 15" in the NCAA in the women's 5,000.
Butler also had strong performances from junior Rachel Gibbs and seniors Claire Holme and Isabelle Stoate. Gibbs ran a lifetime best of 16:53.29 and placed fifth in the third section of the women's 5,000. Her time missed the NCAA Regional qualifying standard by just over one second. Holme made her debut in the women's 5,000 and posted a time of 17:12.65, while Stoate, coming off a leg injury, ran a 4:50.43 in the women's 1,500 meter run.