Betts shattered his previous school record in the 60-meter hurdles.
Jan. 14, 2012
KENT, Ohio - It was a record setting day for four Musketeers, while others competed for the first time of the indoor season at the one-day Doug Raymond Invite at the Kent State University Field House on Saturday.
"It was good to get back on the track after the long layoff," head coach Dan Flaute said. "This was a good opportunity to get used to competing again and to see where we need to improve between now and the A-10 meet in five weeks."
Sophomore Evans Betts stole the show by setting a new school record for the second consecutive week in the 60-meter hurdles. Last time out he ran an 8.72. This weekend he brought that number even lower with a shattering 8.56 time in the preliminaries of the event. His sixth-place finish advanced him to the finals where he had a strong 8.62-second performance and eighth-place finish.
Senior Nick Williams, who holds six individual school records in indoor events, improved upon his previous mark in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.026 in the prelims and took sixth. He came back to finish sixth in the finals with a 7.05.
Williams also participated in the 200-meter dash, where he finished third after running a 22.29.
The other record setter was sophomore Adi Taraska who broke her own school record, set last season at the Doug Raymond Invite, in the weight throw. She threw past her old mark with her toss of 11.82 meters on her third attempt. She was 12th in the shot put (12.53 meters).
Senior Emily Tyler tied her school record in the finals of the 60-meter dash on the women's side. She clocked an 8.06 in the event and took home 10th place. She qualified for the finals after nosing across the finish line at 8.13. Tyler in the 60-meter hurdles also performed strongly finishing fifth with a 9.17 mark.
Competing for the first time this season was sophomore Craig Krcal, who emerged as the first true pole vaulter in school history. He placed sixth in this weekend's event after clearing 4.40 meters.
The other standout performer was senior Kelsey Erlenbaugh who ran a very strong 1000-meter run. She finished third in the event with a time of 2:59.30. Junior Kaitlin Price (3:05.32), sophomore Jessica Albers (3:10.44), and senior Micayla McGinn (3:19.45) also ran in the event for the women.
Senior Kurtis Polacek was also a runner of note in the sprints, finishing 12th in the finals of the 60-meter dash (7.26) and 19th in the 200-meter dash (23.27)
In the mile Xavier was led by sophomore Tom Ohlman for the men and senior Caylin Howell on the women's side. Both placed fifth in their respective event with Ohlman running a 4:19.4 and Howell a 5:07.48. Sophomore Ashley Vincent (5:10.21) also had a top 10 finish for the women.