Butler Distance Runners Shine At Mt. Sac Relays

April 19, 2009

Butler track coach Matt Roe sent members of his squad to two different meets, and the Bulldogs wound up recording strong performances in two different states. While most of Butler's squad competed at the Rose-Hulman Invitational in Terre Haute, the highlight of the weekend came in California at the Mt. Sac Relays.

Junior Kris Gauson led a stellar group of Butler distance runners to the elite national meet in Walnut, Calif., and he turned in a record-breaking performance. The middle distance ace placed fourth in the Invitational 1,500 Meter Race in 3:42.13, breaking the previous Butler record of 3:42.76 held by Nick Goodliffe. Gauson's time, which looks to rank sixth in the nation, was the metric equivalent of a 3:59 mile!

Also sure to climb the NCAA rankings was junior Joe MacDonald, who won the University Open 5,000. He topped his own personal best by 36 seconds and notched a regional qualifying time by crossing the finish line in 13:54.73.

Andy Baker placed 12th in the Olympic Development 5,000 in a regional qualifying time of 13:59.75. It was the fourth time that the Butler distance ace broke 14 minutes in the 5,000.

Other top performances were turned in by Stephen Lisgo, Tom Boardman and Justin Roeder. Lisgo ran a lifetime best 3:48.56 and placed eighth in the top section of the University/Open 1,500, while Boardman and Roeder both ran well in their first 10,000 meter race of the season. Boardman finished in 30:25.74 and Roeder posted a 30:51.97, the top two 10,000 meter times in the Horizon League this spring.

Junior Marbeth Shiell recorded a time of 18:03.50 in the women's University/Open 1,500, while Butler assistant coach Darren Gauson ran a season-best 3:44.52 in the Olympic Development 1,500.

Senior Kent Wories had Butler's top finish at Rose-Hulman, winning the men's 1,500 in 3:55.56. Sophomore Madison Roeder placed fourth in the same race in 3:57.91. Butler also had two of the top four spots in the women's 1,500. Whitney Turner wound up third in the race in 4:43.70 and Sara Bird placed fourth in 4:44.82.

The Bulldogs also picked up fourth place finishes from Tyler Kos in the men's 400 (51.02), Lindsey Corbitt in the women's 400 hurdles (1:11.19) and Brad Owen in the men's shot put (134-08).

Mt. Sac Relays Results

Women's 5,000 U/O: 33. Marbeth Shiell, 18:03.50
Men's 1500 U/O: 8. Stephen Lisgo, 3:48.56
Men's 1500 Inv.: 4. Kris Gauson, 3:42.13
Men's 5000 U/O: 1. Joe MacDonald, 13:54.73
Men's 5000 OD: 12. Andy Baker, 13:59.75
Men's 10,000 U/O 26. Tom Boardman, 30:25.74; 34. Justin Roeder, 30:51.97

Rose-Hulman Invitational Results

Women's 200: 8. Kelsey Druckman, 27.92
Women's 400: 5. Jessica Langsdon, 1:01.66
Women's 800: 8. Erica Hunt, 2:29.57; 18. Sarah Hawkins, 2:43.99
Women's 1500: 3. Whitney Turner, 4:43.70; 4. Sara Bird, 4:44.82; 11. Lauren Haberkorn, 5:00.85
Women's 3000: 5. Mary Andorfer, 11:00.24
Women's 400 Hurdles: 4. Lindsey Corbitt, 1:11.19
Women's 4 X 100 Relay: 2. Butler, 52.60
Women's High Jump: 6-T. Amanda Zolman, 4-10.25
Men's 200: 20. Tyler Kos, 23.42
Men's 400: 4. Tyler Kos, 51.02
Men's 1500: 1. Kent Wories, 3:55.56; 4. Madison Roeder, 3:57.91; 7. Graham Fishell, 4:00.49; 15. Matt Lawder, 4:07.81
Men's 3000: 6. Taylor Eaton, 9:11.70; 9. Orion Wenrich, 9:30.22
Men's 110 Hurdles: 13. Brent Sever, 16.60
Men's Discus: 4. Brad Owen, 134-08
Men's Shot Put: 10. Brad Owen, 39-01.75