Peterson and Anderson lead Bulldogs to successful weekend at Meyo Invitational

Senior distance runner Olivia Pratt leads the pack. Photo courtesy


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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