Track and Field Return Home From Gladstein Invite
Jan. 21, 2013
CINCINNATI- The men's and women's track and field teams finished off their first meet of the new year on Saturday at the Gladstein Invite hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. There were seven events in which the Musketeers placed in the top-10 overall and eight Musketeers achieved new personal records.
The men's side was led by three sixth place finishes and career-best times by senior David Gibson, who scored a new career-best in the long jump with an average distance of 6.79m. Junior Nick Kobunski also recorded a new personal best in the 800m with a time of 1:57.80 and junior Tom Ohlman recorded a new personal best in the 3000m with a time of 8:24.94.
The women's side also had a number of significant finishes led by juniors Madison Riethman's personal record finish in the 800m with an eighth-place finish and time of 2:18.26 and Anna Ahlrichs who beat her personal best time in the 8000m with a time of 2:22.51. Freshman Christine Lucas finished her first collegiate race with a time of 1:01.94 in the 400m dash. Her classmate Mercedes Oliver also set a personal record in her first shot put of the year with a distance of 12.47m.
Other notable finishes for the men included junior Spencer Liechty who shaved over ten seconds off his personal best in the 5000m finishing 12th overall with a time of 12:45.51. Sophomore Nick Bartram also set a personal record in his first indoor contest of his career, running a time of 1:32.17 in the 600m dash. Freshman Austin Winter ran the 800m in a time of 2:01.69 to start off his Xavier track career as well.
Other women's participants that had career days include junior Chelsea Hoffmaster, who destroyed her personal best by 33 seconds, with a time of 18:06.78 in the 5000m run. Junior Clare Fischer finished the 3000m in a career-record time of 9:57.75 while her sister Abby Fischer finished the same race in a career-record time of 10:01.77.
The Musketeers will travel to Bloomington for the second time in as many weeks as they participate in the Indiana Relays on January 25 and 26.