May 3, 2009
Strong performances in the middle distance and distance events carried Butler's men to a third place finish at the 2009 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which concluded in Chicago, Ill., on Sunday (May 3). The Bulldogs captured four individual titles in the meet, including two on the final day of competition.
Junior Kris Gauson paced Butler on the final day with a win in the men's 800 meter run and a runner-up finish in the men's 1,500 meter event. He captured the 800 in 1:50.95 and finished second in the 1,500 in 3:55.91, losing the title to teammate Rob Mullett by 0.65 seconds!
Butler's other individual titles in the meet were captured by junior Stephen Lisgo in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and junior Justin Roeder in the 10,000 meter race. Lisgo's time of 8:51.49 broke the Horizon League record and topped the NCAA regional qualifying standard.
The Bulldogs swept the top four spots in the 1,500 behind Mullett (3:55.26), Gauson, junior Joe MacDonald (3:55.99) and junior Stephen Lisgo (3:56.07). It was one of the closest 1,500 meter finishes in league history.
Butler also put on a dominant performance in the men's 5,000 with four of the top five finishers. Senior Andy Baker finished runner-up in 14:43.55, while sophomore Madison Roeder was third in 14:57.51. Justin Roeder came in fourth in 14:59.16 and senior Kent Wories was fifth in 14:59.25.
Also scoring points for the Butler men on the final day of competition were MacDonald, who placed fifth in the 800 (1:53.13), and senior Tyler Kos, who finished sixth in the 400 meter hurdles (55.23).
Junior Sara Bird scored all of the points for Butler's women on the final day with a fifth place finish in the women's 1,500 meter run (4:42.82) and a fifth place finish in the women's 5,000 (18:37.02). Butler's women placed eighth in the final team standings.