April 23, 2009
A contingent of Butler distance runners, led by juniors Kris Gauson and Stephen Lisgo, will take center stage at the Oregon Relays, highlighting a busy weekend of action for the Bulldogs. Butler head coach Matt Roe will have members of his squad competing both in Oregon and at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday (April 24-25).
Gauson, who broke the Butler 1,500 meter record last weekend, will be shooting for the school 800 meters record (1:50.32 by Andrew Sherman in 2004) when he takes to the track in Oregon on Saturday. He currently is ranked #4 in the nation at 1,500 meters.
Lisgo will be going after the school steeplechase record (8:42.5 by Mark Tucker in 2002) when he runs at Oregon on Friday. He recorded a time of 8:45.18 at the Miami Invitational in his first steeplechase this season, and he's currently ranked fourth nationally in the event.
Also competing in Oregon will be juniors Joe MacDonald, Tom Boardman, Justin Roeder and Marbeth Shiell. McDonald, who's ranked #16 in the 5,000 and #29 in the 1,500, Boardman and Roeder all are slated for the 5,000 meter run on Friday, while Shiell will compete in the women's 1,500, also on Friday.
Butler's fourth nationally-ranked runner, senior Andy Baker, will be taking the weekend off. Baker is ranked #24 in the 5,000.
The Bulldogs also will have a number of competitors entered in the Stan Lyons Invitational at the Michael A. Carroll Track and Field Stadium on the IUPUI campus. The meet, featuring over 900 competitors, will begin with field events at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Running events are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
Horizon League Honors Two Butler Track Athletes
The Horizon League tabbed a pair of Butler track athletes for league honors this week. Junior Kris Gauson was named Male Track Athlete of the Week for Running Events, while senior Kent Wories was named league Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Gauson was honored for his record-breaking performance at the Mt. Sac Relays in California. He broke the Butler 1,500 meter record by recording a time of 3:42.13 while placing fourth in the Men's Invitational 1,500 Meter Race. He erased the previous school mark of 3:42.76, held by Nick Goodliffe (2005), while posting the fourth-fastest time in Division I this season.
Wories, a finance major with a 3.956 grade point average, captured the men's 1,500 meter race at the Rose-Hulman Invitational in a meet and track record time of 3:55.56. It was his personal-best in the event.