Katie Clark Sets School Mark

Junior Katie Clark

STANFORD, CALIF. -- Junior Katie Clark, making her 2013 outdoor debut, set a high standard with her opening performance at the Sanford Invitational on Friday (March 29).  The Butler All-American shattered Butler's 10,000 meter record in her first attempt at the distance.

Clark, running with an elite field in Section 1 of the 10,000 at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field, covered the distance in 33:36.36.  She placed 17th in the race and topped the previous Butler mark by nearly two minutes.  Teammate Lauren McKillop set the Butler mark of 35:24.28 in 2011.

Clark, who sat out the indoor season, earned All-America honors last fall with a "Top 25" finish at the NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championship.

McKillop was one of three Butler runners competing in the 5,000 meter run at Stanford.  Sophomore Mara Olson led the way in that race with a third place finish in Section 3 in 16:08.08.  She missed the school mark by less than two seconds.  McKillop placed 20th in the same section in 16:37.05.

Freshman Olivia Pratt made her debut in the 5,000 and placed 12th in Section 4 in 16:59.72.

Junior Tom Anderson, making his debut in the 10,000, turned in a ninth place finish in Section 2 in 29:36.42.  Teammate Craig Jordan placed 12th in Section 2 of the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:14.67.