Senior captain Rachel Clark returned to her dominant form Friday when she broke the 600-meter record with a time of 1:38.00. Clark's was one of five Xavier records that were broken in Bloomington.
Jan. 27, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier men's and women's track and field teams' goal this weekend at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Indiana was to put some new names atop the Xavier track and field all-time record book. Both the men and women did just that and more. Five records were re-written Friday afternoon in Bloomington.
Head Coach Ryan Orner was three-for-three in his attempt to get three athletes to run record times in three separate events this past weekend: senior Rachel Clark in the 600-meter, junior Nick Kobunski in the 600-meter, and junior Tom Ohlman in the one mile. It didn't end with those three, however, as senior Evan Betts broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, a record which was already his to beat. He ran a record 8.45 in his preliminary heat, beating the 8.49 he ran at the Hoosier Hills Invitational a year ago. Another record was broken in the women's 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:19.98, beating the previous record by two seconds.
Clark is not an unfamiliar name in the Xavier T&F record books. Both senior captain Rachel Clark and her older sister, former standout Becky Clark (2005-09), are all over the individual records. Becky holds three individual records and Rachel, with a time of 1:38.00 in the 600-meter this past weekend, earned her fourth middle distance individual record. Orner was impressed on Clark returning to the form she had been accustomed to over her first three years at Xavier: "Rachel looked great through 400 (in 62 seconds), passed several girls on the back stretch and was able to out kick Aubrielle Wright of Alabama to win her heat. Rachel has been getting stronger every week and with this win and the record she should be very confident going into our trip to the New York Armory next week."
Ohlman won his preliminary heat to get into the finals where his time of 4:15.70 beat the record set by Tommy Kauffmann in 2011 of 4:16.41. "None of the other competitors wanted to push the pace," noted Orner. "Just after the half mile Tom was forced to take the lead and continue to press all the way to the finish." Ohlman finished 3rd out of 28 other runners, which included junior Keith Schenkel (25th, 4:30.18) and freshman Austin Winter (28th, 4:36.80).
Kobunski broke the 600-meter record with his initial preliminary time of 1:24.00 but came back in the finals to shave off .25 seconds to break Ken Schweiter's 2009 record of 1:32.26 by almost 10 seconds. Orner was high on Kobunski after his race, noting, "Nick executed the plan that we had established prior to the race perfectly. He ran smooth and confident throughout the first 200 meters and made sure to establish good positioning off the second turn. Nick came through the 400 M in 52 seconds and was able to close well over the final lap to break the record. Because he was in such good control the entire race," added Orner, "I think Nick is ready to have a big breakthrough at our next meet in New York."
Other notable finishes for the Musketeers include senior David Gibson's first place finish in the men's long jump event with a final distance of 21-10.25 (6.66m). Freshman Onya Edwards continues to score high in her events as she finished seventh in the long jump with a distance of 17-03.25 (5.26m), which was inches short of the overall record. Finally, junior Craig Krcal competed for the first time this season in the pole vault where he finished with a height of 14-05.25 (4.40m) for eighth place.
The season continues as the teams will travel to the highly-anticipated Armory Collegiate Invitational this upcoming weekend in New York City, New York.