May 9, 2008
Butler's Genni Gardner put on a record-setting performance, and her effort earned her the women's Most Outstanding Performer-Running Events award at the 2008 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which concluded in Youngstown, Ohio, on Friday (May 9). The Bulldogs placed fourth in both the men's and women's competitions.
Gardner was the lone competitor in the women's meet to win two events. She captured the 1,500 meter run in 4:34.85 and then came back to capture the 5,000 meter run in a league record 16:55.34. Gardner's time in the 5,000 broke the previous meet record of 17:08.46, set by Butler All-American Victoria Mitchell in 2004.
The Bulldogs dominated both the 1,500 and the 5,000 meter races. Junior Rachel Gibbs posted a time of 4:35.51 and placed runner-up to Gardner in the 1,500, while senior Claire Holme came in fourth in the race in 4:37.36. Gibbs also placed third in the 5,000 in 17:31.34, while senior Sarah Kemple came in fifth in 17:48.37.
Holme further finished fifth in the 800 meter run in 2:16.59, while senior Isabelle Stoate came in sixth in 2:20.91. Senior Kristi Hertzler also scored points for the Bulldogs with a third place finish in the 400 hurdles in 1:04.97.
Butler also dominated the men's 1,500 and 5,000 meter events. Perhaps the most impressive performance was registered in the 1,500 meter run, where three Bulldogs crossed the finish line almost simultaneously. Senior Darren Gauson won the race in 3:55.51, junior Andy Baker finished runner-up in 3:55.60 and junior Tommy Davies came in third in 3:55.81.
Butler sophomore Aaron Cummins scored Butler's lone field event points with a tie for fifth in the high jump (1.90).
Milwaukee won the men's title with 183 points, while Youngstown State was runner-up with 169. UIC (74) was third, followed by Butler (64), Detroit (61), Loyola (50), Valparaiso (49) and Wright State (1). Youngstown State (194) won the women's crown, followed by Milwaukee (178), Valparaiso (74), Butler (65), Loyola (64), Detroit (49), Wright State (21) and UIC (6).