Williams took first in the men's 100-meter dash at the first outdoor meet.
March 17, 2012
CINCINNATI - Xavier's track and field team started the outdoor portion of its 2012 schedule strong capturing four top finishes at the Early Bird Relays hosted on Saturday by the University of Cincinnati.
The men's team turned in three of first-place finishes for the Musketeers who were running at the event for the eighth consecutive time to open their outdoor season. In all Xavier had 10 athletes finish in the top three.
Senior Nick Williams, an individual champion at the A-10 meet four weekends ago, won the men's 100-meter dash (10.89) and helped Xavier grab the top spot in the 4x100-meter relay (42.24) as well.
Freshman John Kolibab grabbed the first-place finish in the men's high jump with a height of 1.93 meters (6-04.00).
Also of note on the men's side was the strong performance turned in by sophomore Tom Ohlman in the 1500-meter run. The league's indoor champion in the 5,000-meter race this year took second place with his time of 3:55.81, just shy of the school record.
Freshman Ryan Konstanzer clocked a 50.66 in the 400-meter dash, which gave him fourth place. Junior David Gibson placed third in the long jump for the Musketeers with his distance of 6.65 meters (21-10.00).
The top performer on the women's side was junior Rachel Clark who won the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:36.41. Behind her in second place was senior Caylin Howell, who turned in a time of 4:39.87 in the event. Sophomore Ashley Vincent took the fifth spot with a time of 4:42.65.
Senior Brittani Peltz started her final outdoor season in fine fashion. She grabbed second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.26.
Freshman Audrey Ramos had her best finish at a track and field meet with her third-place performance in the women's 5,000-meter run. She posted a time of 18:17.73 in the race.
As teams the men finished fourth with 52 points and the women finished eighth with 39 points. Scoring for this meet was done by combining times from its top two athletes, as opposed to awarding points based on individual finishes.
Xavier will make a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala. next weekend for the two-day Alabama Relays.