Bulldogs Enjoy Breakout Indoor Track Season

March 17, 2009

Record Breakers: The Butler men snapped three indoor school records and two Horizon League records during the indoor campaign. Fifteen minutes after Tommy Davies lifetime and NCAA Provisional Qualifying run of 14:05.60, narrowly missed Mark Tucker's 2002 record of 14:02.32 Andy Baker one-upped his roommate running 14:00.51 to set a new Butler record at the Husky Classic on February 14th. Kris Gauson ran a NCAA Qualifying 1:51.07 to win the Horizon League Championships to break Rob Krar's previous record of 1:51.18 run in 2000. (Gauson's record run converts to a 1:50.47 as DePauw's track is a non-banked to 200 meters.) The quartet of Joe MacDonald, Tyler Kos, Steve Lisgo, and Andy Baker ran 9:53.82 in the Distance Medley relays to win the Horizon League Championships. Their run broke the previous school record of 9:58 run in 1998 and the conference record of 10:02.24 run by Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1997. Both Joe MacDonald 8:17.62 and Tommy Davies 8:18.89 bested former Butler All-American Julius Mwangi Horizon League record of 8:19.28 ran in 1998.

Distance Dominant: The record runs of Joe MacDonald and Tommy Davies capped off the fastest and deepest 3000 meter race in Horizon League history. The Bulldogs secured five of the six scoring spots and eight of the top 11 places overall. Five Butler men claimed lifetime bests in the race: Justin Roeder (3rd) 8:21.21, Tom Boardman (4th) 8:21.92, Kent Wories (7th) 8:27.21, Madison Roeder (10th) 8:34.29, Matt Lawder (11th) 8:37.12. Wories non scoring time would have won the league race in 14 of the 20 years the race has been contested!

No Wories For Kent: Senior Kent Wories has improved dramatically since the fall of 2007. For the first time in his career, Wories earned back to back all-conference selections in cross country and scored in back to back Horizon League indoor championships. In the last two seasons, he has lowered his 3000 meter best from 8:53 to 8:27 and his 5000 meter best from 15:16 to 14:41.

Whitney Turner Overdrive: Junior Whitney Turner was one of seven women to earn a lifetime bests at the Horizon League Championships. Turner has dropped her mile best by over 17 seconds within the last year. Her time of 5:13.44 gained her a 7th place finish in the women's final. Turner, who also ran an 800 meter best at Eastern Illinois a week previous, helped lead the women to a runner-up finish in the Distance Medley Relay, running the 800 in a career best split of 2:22.0.

Great Scot: After spending the last two year's battling injuries, newcomer Kris Gauson (Edinburgh, Scotland) has emerged as one of the top miler's in the country. Gauson posted two of the fastest miles in Butler history this winter. Gauson was 5th at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Meet at Notre Dame, running 4:01.48. Three weeks earlier he ran 4:00.99 at the Husky Classic, less than a half second shy of Scott Overall's school record (4:00.52). Both of Gauson's mile run bested the NCAA provisional Qualifying standard of 4:04.00.

Finishing Strong: Junior Marbeth Shiell finished the indoor season with her best Horizon League performance to date. Shiell earned two all-league honors by finishing second in the mile and anchoring the women's distance medley relay performance to a runner-up finish. Shiell also scored in the women's 3000 placing 5th.

Two for Two: Newcomer Stephen Lisgo was awarded Track Athlete of the Meet at the Horizon League Championships, an honor bestowed on teammate Andy Baker last year. Lisgo enjoyed a breakout season, lowering his personal bests from 8:30.42 to a conference leading 8:05.81 at 3000 meters and from 1:55.61 to 1:51.28 at 800 meters. Lisgo's 4:08.22 win in the conference mile was also a lifetime best.

Family Affair: Brothers Madison and Justin Roeder (Fishers) comprise the only distance scoring family in the Horizon League. Both Roeder's contributed to Butler's 96 distance points at the league meet while scoring career bests at both 3000 meters and 5000 meters this winter.

Up Next: The Bulldogs will open the outdoor season this Saturday at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invitational. They will then fly to Palo Alto, California to run at the Stanford Invitational March 27th-28th.