Junior Craig Krcal improved on his second place finish in last year's A-10 Championship by winning it all in the pole vault this weekend in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Feb. 17, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier track and field teams walked away from the Atlantic 10 championships with several surprises as the field individuals thrived this past weekend in Kingston, Rhode Island. Junior Craig Krcal seemed to be the surprise of the meet when he placed first overall in the pole vault and was the only conference champion for the Musketeers this year. Junior Tom Ohlman placed third overall in the 3000-meter race as he was the second Musketeer to place in the top three.
Krcal cleared the height of 15' 09" (4.80-meters) to take home first overall in the event just months after a serious foot injury kept him out of competition for the first couple meets of the season. The Cleveland product beat his personal record of 14' 09.00" by a foot and is his highest personal finish, besting his second place performance at last year's conference meet.
Ohlman placed eighth in the 5000-meter event on Saturday night, unable to repeat the championship performance he had a year ago in the event. He rebounded quickly and executed his game plan well on Sunday as he finished third in the 3000-meter race.
Senior Evan Betts made the finals of the 60-meter hurdles after a preliminary time of 8.49 and placed 8th in the finals. Senior David Gibson was just short of making the 60-meter dash finals, finisheing 8th in the prelims with a time of 7.15, his second fastest of the season. Gibson also tied a career-best in the long jump with a distance of 6.84-meters (22-05.25). Both Betts and Gibson ran a leg in the 4x400-meter relay as well.
Juniors Clare Fischer and Abby Fischer each had two top-10 finishes this weekend in both the 5000-meter and the 3000-meter races. Clare finished 4th in the 5000-meter with a time of 17:22.46 while her sister Abby finished 7th with a time of 17:32.87. In the 3000-meter race on Sunday, Clare finished 8th with a time of 10:09.66 while Abby finished 10th with a time of 10:13.94.
Another surprise for the Musketeers was junior Adi Taraska in the shot put. Taraska heaved the shot put ball 13.45-meters (44' 01.50) which is a new personal record by over two feet as well as the school record. Along with Taraska, junior Amara Whaley was a success in her first pole vault attempt in two years, coming in fifth with a height of 3.30-meters (10' 10.00").
The men finished 10th overall while the women placed 14th overall.