Bulldogs Turn In Strong Showing At Miami Invitational

April 12, 2009

It was just the second meet of the outdoor season for Butler's track and field squad, but the Bulldogs appeared to be in midseason form with a strong showing at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational which concluded at the George L. Rider Track on Saturday (April 11). The Bulldogs came away from the competition with one meet and track record, three regional qualifiers and several lifetime best performances.

Junior Stephen Lisgo turned in one of the top performances of the meet, while making his debut in 3000 meter steeplechase. He won the event in a personal best 8:45.18, breaking the meet record of 9:04.54 (Jeremy Bucher, 2003) and the Rider Track record of 8:48.39 (Mark Smith, 1986). Lisgo's time, the second-fastest run in the nation this spring, topped the regional qualifying standard.

The Bulldogs also picked up a pair of regional qualifiers in the men's 1,500, while sweeping four of the top five collegiate finishes. Junior Joe MacDonald finished runner-up in the race with a regional qualifying time of 3:44.91, while junior Kris Gauson came in third in a regional qualifying time of 3:45.24. Both runners broke the previous meet record of 3:45.80, set by Butler's Mark Tucker in 2002. Multiple NCAA qualifier Pat Sovacool of Miami won the event in a meet record time of 3:44.59.

Adding to Butler's domination in the 1,500 were senior Andy Baker, who placed fifth in 3:49.80, and junior Tom Boardman, who finished sixth in 3:55.22. Butler assistant coach Darren Gauson, running unattached, finished fourth in 3:45.50.

The Bulldogs also had two runners among the top four finishers in the men's 5,000. Sophomore Madison Roeder was the top collegiate finisher and placed second overall with a lifetime best time of 14:43.30, while sophomore Matt Lawder came in fourth with a lifetime best effort of 14:48.32.

"We have had a great block of training since the indoor season, and opening the outdoor season a little later has really helped us," said Butler head coach Matt Roe. "Our group is aerobically very strong right now, and we are just starting to tap into some anaerobic training. For our team to run as fast as they did without having raced yet speaks volumes about their preparation. I am really excited to see what we can do at Mt. Sac and Rose Hulman next week."

Senior Tyler Kos had Butler's best non-distance performance at the meet. He recorded a lifetime best of over two seconds, while finishing runner-up with a time of 55.36 in the men's 400 hurdles.

"I'm really excited for Tyler," added Roe. "He has worked very hard this year and it is paying off in his specialty event. He had a great race today and has room for improvement. Both Coach Gauson and Coach Hertzler have worked to help get him and the sprint crew to a new level."

Junior Marbeth Shiell turned in the top finish for Butler in the women's competition with a third place effort in the 1,500 in 4:37.38. And junior Sara Bird posted a lifetime best of 18:14.28 while placing ninth in the women's 5,000.

Miami Invitational Results

Women's 200: 25. Jessica Langsdon, 27.90; 27. Kelsey Druckman, 28.23; 29. Jasmine Carpenter, 28.28
Women's 800: 11. Erica Hunt, 2:28.71; 28. Sarah Hawkins, 2:44.25
Women's 1500: 3. Marbeth Shiell, 4:37.38; 16. Mary Andorfer, 5:13.18
Women's 3000 Steeplechase: 4. Whitney Turner, 11:33.21; 8. Lauren Haberkorn, 12:29.23
Women's 5000: 9. Sara Bird, 18:14.28
Women's 400 Hurdles: 9. Lindsey Corbitt, 1:10.29
Women's 4 X 100 Relay: 7. Butler, 53.29
Women's 4 X 400 Relay: 5. Butler, 4:17.12
Women's High Jump: 11. Rachel Jusczak, 4-09

Men's 200: 22. Tyler Kos, 23.38; 33. Brent Sever, 24.59
Men's 800: 3. Kris Gauson, 1:53.64
Men's 1500: 2. Joe MacDonald, 3:44.91; 3. Kris Gauson, 3:45.24; 5. Andy Baker, 3:49.80; 6. Tom Boardman, 3:55.22
Men's 3000 Steeplechase: 1. Stephen Lisgo, 8:45.18; 7. Graham Fishell, 9:57.41
Men's 5,000: 2. Madison Roeder, 14:43.30; 4. Matt Lawder, 14:48.32; 9. Kent Wories, 15:09.75; 38. Orion Wenrich, 16:10.99; 43. Taylor Eaton, 16:19.83
Men's 110 Hurdles: 7. Brent Sever, 16.46
Men's 400 Hurdles: 2. Tyler Kos, 55.36
Men's Discus: 14. Brad Owen, 125-07; 22. Nathan Harter, 115-09
Men's Shot Put: 10. Nathan Harter, 38-02; 13. Brad Owen, 37-06