Katie Clark Shatters School Record
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler head coach Matt Roe said that Katie Clark was "fit and ready." She proved him right with a record-setting performance at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., to highlight a busy weekend of track and field action for the Bulldogs.
Clark, competing against an elite field, became the first Butler woman to run below 16:00 in the 5,000 meter run. Her time of 15:43.51 was 23 seconds better than the previous Butler mark of 16:06.72, set by All-American Victoria Mitchell in 2005.
Clark placed 11th overall in the invitational race, and she was fourth among collegiate runners. Unofficially, she became the first British woman to better the 2014 Commonwealth Games standard in the 5,000.
Freshman Olivia Pratt also had a strong performance in California. She placed fourth in the Women's 5,000 Open-B U/O with a time of 16:30.24. Lisa Ohberg of Cal State-Los Angeles won the race in 16:26.49. Pratt's time could get her through to the NCAA First Round.
In the men's 5,000 at the Mt. Sac Relays, junior Tom Anderson posted a time of 14:18.91 in the Open-A U/O race, while freshman Erik Peterson covered the distance in 14:28.49 in the Open-B U/O event.
Junior Ross Clarke, competing in the Men's 1500 Olympic Development U/O race, posted a time of 3:45.74, while sophomore Tom Curr, running in the Men's 1500 Invitational Elite, finished in 3:46.40.
Senior Lauren McKillop was unable to complete her attempt in the 5,000 meter run because of injury.
The rest of Butler's track and field squad remained in Indiana to compete at the Polytan Invitational, hosted by Indiana University. Among the top performances turned in by the Bulldogs was the effort of freshman Luke Zygmunt in the men's 800. The first-year runner was the top collegiate finisher and came in third overall with a time of 1:52.61.
Butler also had a strong showing from sophomore Kodi Mullins, who placed third in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase in 8:55.87. Kevin Oblinger came in fifth in the same race in 9:20.47, while Keigan Culler was ninth in 9:55.82.
In the men's 400, junior Alex Berry placed fourth in 49.04, while Andrew Wallace came in seventh in 49.94.
Sophomore Kelly Davidson narrowly missed Butler's school record in the women's 200 (26.07) with a time of 26.30. She also posted a time of 12.75 in the women's 100, just shy of the school mark of 12.41 held by teammate Nicole Hudec. Bria Booker finished the 100 in 12.96.