Track stumbles at Miami Ohio Invite

The Butler men’s and women’s track teams had mediocre finishes at last weekend’s 17-team Miami Ohio Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.

The men finished in the middle of the pack at eighth, while the women finished 10th.

Despite the team struggles, there were some strong individual performances, most notably from senior Kris Gauson and sophomore Kirsty Legg.

Gauson won the men’s 1500-meter run in 3:46.41, and also finished fourth in the men’s 800-meter  run (1:53.46).

Two teammates of Gauson’s—freshman Ross Clarke and sophomore Craig Jordan—supported Gauson’s finishes with more points for the Bulldogs.

Clarke was the runner-up in the 1500-meter run (3:46.73), and Jordan made his way to a fifth-place finish in the same race, running a time of 3:49.45.

Freshman Thomas Brueggemann placed sixth in the men’s 100-meter dash (11.14) and was also Butler’s top runner in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 11th-place with a time of 21.90.

Freshman Alex Berry was the only other Bulldog to record a top ten finish in a sprinting event.

Berry placed ninth in the 400-meter dash, coming in at 49.14.

The Bulldogs were unable to amass any points in the field events.

Host Miami took home the team title, edging out Kent State by a single point.

Legg led Butler’s women’s team with a first-place finish in the women’s 800-meter run, running it in 2:11.97.

She also placed 10th in the women’s 1500-meter  run (4:33.17).

Senior Rosie Edwards took a fourth-place finish in the women’s 5000-meter at 17:40.27, and junior Becky Howarth came in seventh (18:05.72).

The women’s squad struggled in the sprinting events, as no individuals cracked the top ten in the 100-, 200- or 400-meter dashes.

As on the men’s side, Miami captured the team crown, defeating second-place Cincinnati by six points.

The Butler track team’s next meet starts Friday in Walnut, Calif., at the Mount Sac Relays.

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