Butler Track Teams Face Busy Weekend

Kirsty Legg

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler's track and field squads will pile up some miles on the track and on the interstate when they compete in a pair of in-state meets on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26.  The Bulldogs will have a handful of competitors entered in the Indiana Relays in Bloomington on Friday evening, while the bulk of the teams will be at the IPFW Quadrangular on Saturday.

Butler head coach Matt Roe will watch five of his athletes at the Indiana Relays, including All-American Kirsty Legg.  Butler's record-holder in the indoor mile, Legg will join teammate Mara Olson, Butler's third-fastest miler all-time, in the women's invitational mile, while junior Craig Jordan will compete in the men's invitational mile.

"The men's and women's mile should be the deepest fields in the NCAA this season, with several All-Americans and elite post collegiate athletes in the field," said Roe.  "It will be a great test for Kirsty, Mara and Craig."

Also competing at Indiana will be Butler athletes Olivia Pratt and Erik Peterson, though both will be running unattached.  Both are taking a redshirt season, while preparing for the U.S. Cross Country Championships on Feb. 2.  Pratt will run in the women's invitational 3,000 meter run, and Peterson will compete in the men's invitational 3,000 meter run.

The two distance athletes are among five Butler athletes who are taking a redshirt season during the 2012-13 indoor campaign.  Senior Katie Clark is saving her final season of eligibility for next year, while sophomores Harry Ellis and James Martin are recovering from injury/illness.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs will head to Fort Wayne to compete in the IPFW Quadrangular with Detroit, Oakland, Valparaiso and host IPFW and the IPFW Indoor Track & Field Facility.  The meet will be scored in a dual meet format.

"We are really looking forward to having our team in a scored event this weekend in Fort Wayne," noted Roe.  "The atmosphere of head-to-head team competition will serve us well in preparation for our first Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Championship next month."

The meet in Fort Wayne will will begin at 11 a.m. (ET) with the men's weight throw, the women's pole vault and the women's long jump.  The first running event, the women's 5,000 meter run, will start at 11:30 a.m.