Kauffmann Breaks Another Record, Men's Team Finishes Fifth Overall at Oliver Nikoloff Invitational

Geer went under 15 minutes in the 5,000 for the first time.

Geer went under 15 minutes in the 5,000 for the first time.

April 4, 2010


CINCINNATI- The men’s track and field team led by Tommy Kauffman, Nick Williams and Derek LeBlanc captured fifth place at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational held Saturday, April 3 at the University of Cincinnati. On the women’s side, despite having Caitlin Thomas finish in second in her race and Caylin Howell running a season-best time they finished in 12th place.

Tommy Kauffmann once again broke his own school record in the 5,000-meter race. He came in first place and smashed eight seconds off of his time finishing with a 14:25.23. Rookie Hank Geer was not too far behind his teammate, finishing in fourth place and getting a personal-record of 14:53.58. This is the first time Geer has gone sub-15 in the 5,000-meters and he knocked seven seconds off of his previous best.



Nick Williams led the way on the sprinting side again. Williams finished in sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.90. He came back and ran the 200-meter dash in 21.39, finishing in second place overall. Junior Ryan Ulmer finished in 10th place in the 400-meter run with a time of 51.75. Junior Ben Nathan came in ninth place in the 800-meters, cruising around the track in 1:57.05.

On the field side, Derek LeBlanc and David Gibson were at the top of their respective jumping events. LeBlanc won the triple jump with a bound of 13.89 meters. Gibson also participated and finished in sixth with a leap of 12.59 meters. Gibson came in third place in the long jump going 6.74 meters. LeBlanc finished in eighth with a distance of 6.42.

Other notable finishes on the men’s side include junior Tyler Fry who finished in ninth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:10.35. Rookie Ben Rumbaugh went under a minute for the first time this season going 59.12 in the 400-meter hurdles. Rumbaugh finished 14th overall.

The women were led by a great performance by junior Caitlin Thomas. Thomas finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:06.83. Sophomore Caylin Howell ran a season-best time in the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:45.22 and finishing in sixth place.

Other notable finishes for the women include: Rachel Clark, who finished in ninth place in the 800-meter run with at time of 2:19.52. Senior Bethany Moore finished the 5,000-meters in 18:47.58 which gave her eighth place. Sophomore Brittani Peltz came in ninth with a time of 1:07.27 in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Xavier track and field team is back in action on Saturday, April 10 at the Miami Invitational. Stay tuned to GOXAVIER.com for more information.