March 30, 2013

Bulldogs Set School Mark At Nikoloff Invitational

CINCINNATI, OHIO -- One school record and several top individual efforts highlighted the performance of Butler's track and field squads at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday.  The meet at Cincinnati's Gettler Stadium wrapped up a successful opening weekend for the Bulldogs.

The record-breaking effort was turned in by the Butler women's 4 X 100 relay team.  The quartet of Bria Booker, Kelly Davidson, Kiley Shelley and Nicole Hudec covered the distance in 49.15, breaking the school mark of 49.41 set a year ago.  Hudec, Davidson and Booker were part of the unit that previously held the record.

The 4 X 100 mark was one of two records set by the Bulldogs on a weekend that also featured competition in California.  Junior Katie Clark set a school record in the 10,000 meter run at the Stanford Invitational on Friday (March 29) with a time of 33:36.36.

The Bulldogs also had strong individual performances in the men's 800 and the men's 1500.  Ross Clarke placed runner-up in the 800 with a lifetime best time of 1:51.77, while Luke Zygmunt finished fourth in the same race in 1:52.39.  Kodi Mullins turned in a lifetime best and a runner-up finish with a time of 3:52.71 in the 1500, while Erik Peterson came in fourth in the event in 3:54.81.

Hudec came up with a third place finish in the women's triple jump with a leap of 36-06.25, and she finished sixth in the women's long jump with a 17-09 effort.

Butler picked up a fourth place finish from Dominique Stephens, who uncorked a toss of 145-01 in the men's discus throw.

Matthew Schumacker notched a sixth place finish in the men's 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.20, while Shelley finished sixth in the women's 400 hurdles in 1:05.51.  Keigan Culler came in seventh (14:59.37) and Billy Klimczak finished eighth (15:04.30) in the men's 5,000 meter run, while Kaitlyn Love came in eighth in the women's 1500 meter run (4:42.89).

Schumacker also joined Alex Berry, Andrew Wallace and Jacob McCormick to notch a sixth place finish in the men's 4 X 400 Relay.  The foursome finished in 3:27.31.

Butler's men placed sixth in the 12-team field, while Butler's women came in tenth.