Butler Records Fall At Hoosier Open

Nicole Hudec

BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- Three school records and a near miss highlighted a strong early season performance by Butler's track and field team at the Hoosier Open on Friday (Dec. 7).  The five-team meet at Indiana's Gladstein Fieldhouse was Butler's first Division I meet this season.

Sophomore Nicole Hudec led the way with a pair of school-record performances.  She broke a Butler 60 meter dash record that had stood for more than a decade, and she did it twice!  Hudec posted a school-record time of 7.89 in the prelims and then finished the finals in 7.90.  Both times topped the school mark of 7.94, set by Jenn Sewall in 2001.

Hudec then broke her own school record in the triple jump with a leap of 36-09 to place second in the event.  She set the Butler record a year ago with a leap of 36-08.5.

Junior Alex Berry brought home the third school record with a runner-up finish in the men's 500 meter run in 1:04.82, topping the previous Butler record of 1:06.56 set by Andrew Sherman in 2004.

Junior Mick Wang narrowly missed the school record in the men's 60 meter hurdles, posting a time of 8.45 in the finals.  His former teammate, Brent Sever, set the school mark with a time of 8.41 a year ago.

"This meet was a great early season meet for our program," said Butler head coach Matt Roe after the competition.  "We are positioned well to have the best indoor season in school history."

Senior Lauren McKillop posted a pair of wins for the Bulldogs, capturing first place in both the women's mile and the women's 3,000 meter run.  She captured the women's mile in 4:58.39 and then came back to take the women's 3,000 in 10:04.28.

Freshman Keigan Culler finished runner-up in the men's 5,000 meter run in 15:11.07, while sophomore Kiley Shelley placed fourth in the women's 60 meter hurdles in 9.54.  Bria Booker turned in a fifth place finish in the women's long jump (16-02.25), and Jacob McCormick placed fifth in the men's long jump (21-04).

The Bulldogs will take the rest of the year off, before returning to action at the Illini Open on Jan. 12.