Track and Field: Friday Night Special Goes Well

The Butler track and field team competed in the Eastern Illinois University Friday Night Special in Charleston, Ill., last weekend.

It was the Bulldogs’ final appearance before the Horizon League Indoor Championships.

Butler was led by its distance squad, which had multiple runners with top-three finishes, despite sitting some of its top-scoring athletes.

For the women, freshman Mara Olson (2:12.71) and junior Kaitlyn Love (2:16.93) finished second and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run.

In the 3,000-meter run, freshman Chelsea Stephan captured a third-place showing with a time of 10:26.88.

Outside of distance events, freshmen Nicole Hudec and Kelly Davidson continued their stellar seasons.

Davidson, who holds the school record in the 200-meter dash, finished the 55-meter dash in 7.60. The time put her just less than two-tenths of a second behind the Butler record, which was set by Hudec earlier this season.

Hudec, who owns the school’s long jump and triple jump records as well, came in third in the triple jump with a leap of 35-08.

On the men’s side, freshman David Ford posted a time of 15:20.24 in the 5,000-meter run, good for second place.

“The main focus of the meet was to sharpen up,” assistant coach Mason Cathey said. “Some of our athletes did a shorter event to get some speed under them before conference.”

Butler’s next stop is the league championships, which are being held in Youngstown, Ohio.

Cathey said the Bulldogs are confident despite not winning the title since 2002, when Butler’s men captured the crown.

“We’ve really got a chance for the team to do well as a whole,” Cathey said.

The meet will take place Friday and Saturday at Youngstown State’s Watson and Tressel Training Site.

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