Senior Kris Gauson is making the most of his last few meets as a collegiate runner.
Gauson broke his own school record in the men’s 1500-meter this weekend at the Mount Sacs Relay meet in Walnut, Calif.
Running against some of the best competition in the country, Gauson took first place in the event with a time of 3:40.59, breaking his record from 2009 by more than two seconds.
“He really looked like he was in control of the race, which is kind of what we expected,” head coach Matt Roe said. “He’s in good shape for the NCAA Championships in June.”
The top five runners all finished within two seconds of each other.
Sophomore Jeremy Rae from Notre Dame took second place, finishing in 3:41.11 and senior David Bishop of New Mexico finished third with a time of 3:41.12.
While Gauson’s performance was the highlight of the weekend, the team put together a solid performance as well.
Sophomore Craig Jordan took 13th in his section of the 1500-meter, running a time of 3:54.14.
Freshman Callum Hawkins and senior Justin Roeder took 13th and 28th respectively, in section B of the men’s 5000-meter.
Hawkins finished in 14:11.60, while Roeder ran the event in 14:30.72.
On the women’s side, sophomore Kirsty Legg finished 10th in the women’s 1500-meter, running a time of 4:21.69.
Legg’s time was just more than a second slower than the Butler record time of 4:20.27, set by Ava Hutchinson in 2005.
Fellow sophomores Katie Clark and Lauren McKillop finished 15th and 31st in the 5000-meter, respectively.
Clark ran a time of 16:36.16, while McKillop finished in 17:10.96.
The next meet for Butler is the Hoosier Invitational April 22 and 23.