May 2, 2009
Junior Stephen Lisgo topped the NCAA regional qualifying mark in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase and junior Justin Roeder won the men's 10,000 meter run to pace Butler through the first two distance event finals at the 2009 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Chicago, Ill. The league meet wraps up on Sunday, May 3.
Lisgo won the men's steeplechase in 8:51.49, finishing eight seconds ahead of runner-up Kiplingat Tisia. Roeder paced the 10,000 meter field in 30:56.12. The two wins helped Butler to a fourth place team standing through the first two days of competition.
Butler had two other runners finish in the top four in the men's 10,000. Sophomore Madison Roeder, Justin's younger brother, finished third in the race in 31:18.51, while senior Kent Wories came in fourth in 31:18.52. Sophomore Matt Lawder placed eighth in the event in 31:37.21.
The Bulldogs also had a solid showing in the women's steeplechase with two of the top five finishes in the race. Junior Whitney Turner placed runner-up in 11:28.16, while sophomore Mary Andorfer finished fifth in 12:01.44.
Sunday's final events will include the men's 800 meter run, featuring Butler juniors Joe MacDonald and Kris Gauson. MacDonald was the top qualifier in the event with a time of 1:52.02, while Gauson, Butler's school-record holder in the 800, qualified second in 1:55.90.