Tom Ohlman scored the most points (14) for the men this weekend.
Feb. 18, 2012
KINGSTON, R.I. - Xavier turned in historical team and individual performances on the final day of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship that saw three additional medalist awards and new team records for points scored at the league meet for the Musketeers.
The men led by senior Nick Williams' individual championship, the second of the meet for the men, in the 200-meter dash scored 48 points and the women benefitted from two medalists performances to finish the meet with 33 points.
Williams laid claim to his first individual league championship and his fourth overall A-10 medalist honor after he cruised to victory on his time of 21.85, which was .14 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. He entered the finals after recording the top time in Saturday's final. His first-place finish, which was the second of the meet for the men, broke the previous best indoor point total of 35 set two years ago for the men.
Tyler started the day for the Musketeers by placing second in the 60-meter hurdles, and earning her second career A-10 medal along the way. With other hurdle events ahead of the final, Tyler improvised and used her teammates as hurdles to warm up on another part of the track.
Her strategy paid off for her as she posted a time 8.91, which was the second time she clocked a time under nine seconds this weekend. In Friday's trials she set a new school-record of 8.90, which had her fourth entering the finals. Her other medal came via the 100-meter hurdles during last year's outdoor season.
Howell's medalist performance was one of the top stories of the weekend for the Musketeers. Her first-career medal came in the 3-kilometer run as she posted a third-place finish with a new school-record time of 9:46.57.
Two hours prior to the 3k race, Howell was at the front in the mile run, but was unfortunately tripped with approximately 300 meters remaining in the race. To her credit Howell picked herself up, passed one runner who did not fall, and finished sixth with a time of 5:03.72. Running in the latter race Howell wore bandages on both her shoulder and knee.
Sophomore Tom Ohlman followed up Friday's championship performance in the 5-kilometer run, by placing fifth in the 3-kilometer run. He finished the race in 8:28.64 and concluded the meet with tea-high 14 points.
Other finalists for the Musketeers were juniors Rachel Clark and Kaitlin Price, who each earned seventh place finishes in their respective events. Clark, who ran in a total of four races over the course of the weekend, ran a 2:16.79 in the 800-meter run. In addition to her trial time in the event, she also ran in Friday's distance medley relay and Saturday's 4x800-meter relay (9:32.42).
Price out did herself in the 1,000-kilometer race with a 3:01.27 giving her the first top eight finish at a league meet in her career. Coming into the meet she had the 33rd fastest time in the league and shaved nearly eight seconds in the trials of the meet, where she had a 2:58.51. It was her finish that put the women's team over its previous best point total of 26 set in 2008.
Senior Brittani Peltz gutted through an injury and was still able to knock out a 58.14 in the finals of the 400-meter dash.
In addition to his win, Williams also participated in the 60-meter dash and clocked a 7.05 to take sixth place in the finals of the 60-meter dash. He was also a late addition to the men's 4x400-meter relay that recorded a time of 3:29.41.
The women finished 10th out of 12 teams and the men finished seven out of 10 teams. It was the highest finish at the league meet for the men.
Charlotte won the women's team trophy with 161 points. Dayton (106.5) came in second and Duquesne (97.5) in third. Rhode Island scored 186.5 to bring home the men's team title. In second place was Charlotte (165.5) and Fordham (91.5) rounded out the top three.
Overall it was a big league championship for both teams. The men's team had two individual champions for the first time in program history and the women brought home two runner-up medals. Junior Hank Geer's and sophomore Craig Krcal's second-place performances made it six total medalists.
The championship also marked the end of the 2012 indoor season for the Musketeers, who had one of their best years in program history. Numerous school records were set in addition to the record-breaking performance turned in over the weekend.
Xavier will begin training for the start of the outdoor season which openings on March 17 at the University of Cincinnati's Early Bird Relays.