Xavier Wraps Up Gladstein Invite Meet With Sprinter Successes

Erlenbaugh recorded her third top five finish of the season.

Erlenbaugh recorded her third top five finish of the season.

Jan. 21, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Adi Taraska had a record-breaking day in the women's weight throw and senior Nick Williams finally slipped under seven seconds in the men's 60-meter dash as the Xavier track and field team concluded competition at the Gladstein Invite on Saturday.

Taraska - who threw yesterday in the shot put - returned and had an impressive performance in the weight throw, breaking the school record on three straight attempts. She started with a distance of 11.85 meters and followed it up with a heave of 12.03, and finally 12.35 meters. She set the previous school record of 11.83 meters last weekend.

On the track Williams set a school record clocking a 6.99 in the finals of the 60-meter dash to take seventh place. It was the second straight day that Williams, a school record holder in nine individual events, set a mark in the event. He also ran in the 200-meter invitational finals and finished fifth with a time of 22.17.

Running in her first 600-meter race of the year sophomore Suzannah Shelley clocked a time of 1:41.34, which set a new school record by more than two full seconds. She set the school's previous best of 1:43.98 last year at the Findlay Open.

Another strong performance was turned in by senior Kelsey Erlenbaugh who registered her third top five finish of the season. She set a season best with a time of 2:18.68 in the 800-meter dash and shaved off about 1.5 seconds from her previous time in the event.

Xavier competed teams in the both the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays. The women, aided by a strong split from senior Brittani Peltz turned in a 4:03.45, just a full second under the previous best on the year. The men's team, running as a relay squad for the first time, crossed the finish line in a time of 3:31.49.

In the other men's 200-meter dash senior Kurtis Polacek came in eighth with a time of 23.36 and senior Brian Armstrong clocked a 23.65 to place 11th.



Next up for the Musketeers will be a return trip back to the Indiana University campus next weekend for the Hoosier Relays.