Legg Paces Butler At Illinois Twilight Meet

Kirsty Legg (Photo by Brent Smith)

With a limited roster, Butler's track and field squads brought home fifth and sixth place team finishes and one individual title from the Illinois Twilight Meet, held in Urbana, Ill., on Saturday (April 12).

Senior All-American Kirsty Legg continued a strong spring performance and earned Butler's lone individual crown with a 2:10.26 effort in the women's 800 meter run.  She helped pace Butler to a fifth place finish in the women's competition with a score of 61.

Freshman standout Colleen Weatherford and senior Shelbi Burnett were the only other Butler runners to finish in the top three of their races.  Weatherford took second in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:51.45, just out-stepped by winner Britten Petrey of Illinois (10:50.41), while Burnett came in third with a time of 11:30.35.

Juniors Nicole Hudec, Amy Wright and Kiley Shelley also posted top-five individual finishes in the eight-team competition. Wright and Shelley finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women's 400 meter hurdles.  Wright crossed the line in 1:06.41, while Shelley finished in 1:06.58.  Hudec finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 11.72 meter.

Hudec further placed seventh in the women's 100 meter dash in a school-record time of 12.24.  She also ran a leg on the women's 4x100 meter relay team, which took fourth with a time of 49.75.

On the men's side, the 4x400 meter relay team came in fifth with a time of 3:20.90. Senior Andrew Wallace was Butler's top individual finisher, clocking 49.92 in the men's 400 meter dash and finishing in eighth place. The men's team finished sixth with overall with 18 points.

Host Illinois won the men's competition with 253 points, while Indiana State captured the women's crown with 250 points..

Butler head coach Matt Roe didn't enter his full squads in the Illinois Twilight, choosing to leave a number of competitors in Indianapolis to prepare for the prestigious upcoming Mt. Sac Relays. 

"Everybody's path is a little different," Roe said, "but many are prepping for Mt. Sac."

Roe also mentioned in a statement last week that All-American "Mara (Olson) will be making her outdoor debut in the women's 5,000 meter run," and that there are still a few people who have yet to return or are slowly returning from injury. The elite Mt. Sac Relays, held at historic Helmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif., will take place this coming weekend, April 17-19.

Contact:  Bethany Werge (bwerge@butler.edu)