Tom Ohlman becomes the second men's individual indoor A-10 champion.
Feb. 17, 2012
KINGSTON, R.I. - It was a big start for the Xavier indoor track and field teams who finished day one of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship scoring 31 points on the men's side and 12 points for the women's team, with each team in position to add to those totals during Saturday's finals.
Nothing was bigger than sophomore Tom Ohlamn (14:47.31) leading a pack of Xavier runners in the men's 5-kilometer race. Ohlman became the second male Musketeer, and second in three years, to earn an individual championship at the league's indoor meet. He pulled away from the competition on the final three laps for the win.
Following closely in second-place was junior Hank Geer, who missed the entire cross country season, with his time of 14:52.13. Rounding up the Musketeers' performance was senior Keith Albrektson (14:59.94) who snagged sixth place.
The trio combined to score 21 of the men's 31 points on the day and put them in prime position to best their previous-best of 35 points set in 2010. Their finishes are the biggest single-scoring event in the history of either the outdoor or indoor league meet for the Musketeers.
Contributing to the big point day was sophomore Craig Krcal who earned individual medalists honors in the men's pole vault after placing second. The Cleveland native cleared 4.50 meters (14-09.00) on his way to the first field event medal for any Xavier male athlete at the league meet. It's the second year he has brought home points in this event.
The women's 5-kilometer run also brought home the majority of the points for the women's team, as the sophomore tandem of Clare Fischer and Ashley Vincent placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the distance event. Fischer earned five points and Vincent four points in the race and also earned the distinction of becoming the largest single-scoring event at a league meet.
Xavier's distance medley relay pulled in the remaining three points for the women's team by placing sixth with its time of 11:58.21 in the event. The Musketeer women are also in prime position to possibly break their indoor-best point total of 26 set in 2009.
Rounding out the scoring for the men was junior David Gibson who leaped to a distance of 6.84 meters (22-05.25) in the long jump. It was an impressive performance considering Gibson just returned from an injury.
After day one of competition the men were in third place, just three points shy of Charlotte in second. Host school Rhode Island held the men's lead with 52.5 points. The women were in 8th place with Dayton's 67 points leading the way.
The day was also included several stand out performances in the trials for the Musketeers who advanced four females and one male into Saturday's finals.
Senior Emily Tyler earned a spot in the 60-meter hurdles with a new school-record time of 8.90. She finished fourth in the trials and bested the previous best by .11 seconds. Tyler also set a new school best in the 60-meter dash (7.98) but did not qualify for the finals.
Also joining the finals on the women's side will be juniors Rachel Clark and Kaitlin Price. Clark ran the second fastest time (2:15.57) to advance to the women's 800-meter run, while Price's strong showing in 1-kilometer (2:58.51) moved her into the finals.
The final runner to move into Saturday's final was senior Brittani Peltz, who cruised to a seventh-place time (57.81) in the 400-meter dash.
Senior Nick Williams had the fastest time (21.98) to earn the spot in Saturday's 200-meter dash and also tied his school record in the 60-meter dash (6.99) to grab a spot in that final as well.
Xavier's final day of the A-10 meet begins with sophomore Adi Taraska competing in the women's shot put starting at 10 a.m. Running events start with the finals of the 60-meter hurdles at 11:10 a.m.