Peterson and Anderson lead Bulldogs to successful weekend at Meyo Invitational

Senior distance runner Olivia Pratt leads the pack. Photo courtesy butlersports.com.

KELSIE KASPER | STAFF REPORTER | kkasper@butler.edu

An elite group of the Butler men and women track and field team went head-to-head against 42 other teams at the prestigious Meyo Invitational on Feb. 3-4 at the University of Notre Dame.

Erik Peterson dominated once again as he posted a personal and Butler-best time of 7:51.22 in the 3000-meter run. He shattered the previous school record held by Olympian Scott Overall by more than four seconds. Peterson’s 3000-meter run now ranks No. 6 in the world on an oversized track (longer than 200-meters).

Evan Johnson and Jon Collier both posted a personal best in 3000-meter run with times of 8:25 and 8:26, respectively.

Johnny Levernez achieved a lifetime best in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:50.12 which leads the Big East Conference.

Olivia Anderson led the women’s team this weekend with her first place finish in the mile run. Her time of 4:41.14 is not only a personal best but second-best in Butler history and ranked No. 17 in the NCAA.

Josephine Thestrup finished third in her section of the mile run, posting a time of 4:51.  

Olivia Pratt finished seventh in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:26.

The Bulldogs are looking ahead as they will split the team to attend both the Washington Husky Classic and the Hoosier Hills invitationals on Feb. 9-10.

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