The Butler track team competed in the Eastern Illinois University Friday Night Special Feb. 18, bringing home two individual victories.
The meet, which was not scored, was the last contest for the Bulldogs prior to the Horizon League Indoor Championships, taking place Feb. 26-27 in Youngstown, Ohio.
At EIU, the men’s and women’s squads combined for 17 top ten finishes. The two most notable were first place finishes from sophomores Craig Jordan and Katie Clark in their respective one-mile races.
Jordan, who finished the event in 4:14.51, dropped nine seconds off of his previous fastest time.
“It was a big personal record,” Jordan said. “I think it’ll help me a lot in the 800 [at the HL Indoor Championships].”
Three other Butler runners also broke the top ten in the men’s mile. Junior Craig Gundersen took third with a time of 4:21.16, while junior Matt Proctor and freshman Kevin Oblinger finished with nearly the same time, placing sixth and seventh with 4:27.89 and 4:27.90, respectively.
Clark, despite using the meet as a training day, won the women’s mile with a time of 4:57.39.
“I was pleased [with the race],” Clark said. “I was pacing a few girls to try and help them break five [minutes].”
While none of her teammates were able to crack the five-minute barrier, Clark’s pacing did help sophomore Lauren McKillop to a fifth-place showing in the event, with a time of 5:05.23.
The Butler men had four individuals with top ten finishes in their respective events.
Freshman Tom Brueggemann ran the 200-meter dash in 22.68, good for a fifth-place finish.
In the 400-meter dash, freshman Andrew Wallace placed ninth, completing the event in 52.49. Rounding out the freshmen success was Brad Magnetta, who finished the 800-meter run in fifth-place (1:59.39).
Senior Matt Lawder was the top performer for the Bulldogs in the 3000-meter run, placing seventh with a time of 8:48.68. The Butler men also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 4×400 meter relay. The team of Magnetta, Wallace, Jordan and freshman Alex Berry posted a time of 3:29.15.
On the women’s side, the middle distance and distance runners fared well. Sophomore Kaitlyn Love had a strong showing, picking up fourth-place in the 800-meter run in 2:20.80, and McKillop placed ninth (2:28.25).
Junior Lauren Haberkorn led the way for the Bulldogs in the 3000-meter run. Paced by Clark for most of the race, Haberkorn posted a third-place finish in a personal-best 10:17.85. Junior Rebecca Howarth took seventh in the event, finishing in 10:37.23.
Outside of the distance events, senior Lindsey Corbitt made her way to a 10th place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, running a 9.66. Also, the 4×400 meter relay team of Clark, sophomores Shelbi Burnett and Kirsty Legg and freshman Maddie Cassidy finished fourth, with a time of 4:18.56.
Butler’s next competition will be the Horizon League Indoor Championships Saturday and Sunday.
“If we run to our potential, we can get third on both sides,” Clark said. “We’re doing better with our sprinters this year and we have a great team atmosphere.”