April 19, 2014

Bulldogs Notch Lifetime Bests At Mt. Sac Relays

WALNUT, CALIF. - Butler track had an excellent showing this past weekend as half a dozen Bulldogs participated in the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.  The meet at Hilmer Lodge Stadium produced some of Butler's top performances this season.

In her first race of the outdoor season, junior All-American Mara Olson closed big and took eleventh in the elite 5000 Meter Invitational race, posting a personal best 15:47.14.  Her time was less than four seconds off the Butler school record held by teammate Katie Clark.

Olson, finishing as the sixth collegian overall in her race, said she was hoping for a sub-15:50 and a regional qualifying time. She accomplished both.

"What's more encouraging was how easy running that time felt," Olson said. "I am excited to try to smash that [personal record] again."

Senior Kirsty Legg finished eighth in the 1500 meter Olympic Development race with a time of 4:25.92, while freshman standout Colleen Weatherford ran a personal record 4:30.25 in the open 1500 meter run, placing 46th overall.

Freshman Katie Good participated in the Women's 5,000 Meter Olympic Development Elite race, but results were not officially recorded as of Saturday (April 19).

On the men's side, juniors James Martin and Erik Peterson also ran lifetime bests.  Martin finished tenth in the men's Open-A 10,000 meter race with a time of 30:08. Peterson took ninth in the men's Open-A 5,000 meter run with a time of 14:06.88, while senior Tom Anderson came in 32nd, clocking 14:42.72.

"We had some outstanding performances," head coach Matt Roe said. "Overall, it was very successful trip."

Roe also had team members scheduled to compete in the Polytan Invitational at the University of Indiana, but the meet was cancelled.

Butler next competes at the Drake Relays beginning on Thursday, April 24, and at the Miami RedHawk Invitational on Saturday, April 26.

Contact:  Bethany Werge (bwerge@butler.edu)