Senior Captain Hank Geer added his second top-5 finish in as many attempts in the 5000-meter run, finishing 5th out of 27 other competitors.
April 16, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier track and field teams arrived back from Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday after competing Friday and Saturday at the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee. Senior Hank Geer had the highest finish of any Musketeer, finishing 5th in the 5000-meter run.
The Musketeers faced some of their toughest competition of the outdoor season in Knoxville this past weekend. Geer was the highest finisher for the Musketeers with his 5th place finish in the 5000-meter run. The captain finished in 14:42.78, four seconds quicker than his previous fastest this season, and the fastest in his Xavier career. He finished in front of 22 other runners from schools all over the country, including national powers like Tennessee and Wisconsin.
There were many bright spots for Xavier this weekend, a great deal of which came by way of field events. Senior David Gibson, who was the performer of the week for the men's side, finished with a season-best time of 11.15 in the 100-meter dash and a season-best in the long jump with a distance of 6.91-meters, crushing his previous best of 6.70-meters. His .21-meter improvement put him in the top-10, finishing 9th overall.
Junior Craig Krcal placed in the top-10 for the second time this season this past weekend, finishing eighth out of 15. The reigning indoor pole vault champion, Krcal cleared a season-best height of 4.60-meters. Sophomore John Kolibab continued his success in the high jump in Knoxville as well, finishing 10th, clearing a height of 1.95-meters. It was Kolibab's fourth top-10 finish this season in the event.
Freshman Mercedes Oliver finished in the top-10 for the fourth time this season as well in the discus throw. She finished 7th out of 15 with a distance of 40.70-meters. Junior Adrija Taraska finished 9th in the javelin, her third top-10 finish of the season, throwing for a distance of 30.09-meters. The two also competed in the shot put event, finishing 20th and 21st, respectively.
On the running side of things, the Musketeers certainly did not disappoint. Senior Rachel Clark finished 5th in the 1500-meter showcase event with a time of 4:37.26, a season-best for the captain. Sophomore Audrey Ramos finished 11th in a time of 4:47.49. Fellow senior Marikka Joseph also had a season-best and career-best in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.21, good enough for 29th, earning herself performer of the week honors for the women's side. Junior Madison Reithman ran a season-best time in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.56, just 2 tenths of a second off from tying her career-best time in the event. Junior Abby Fischer took part in the the 4x800-meter relay, finishing her leg of the event in a personal-best 2:17.00.
The sophomore class had a big day for the men's side this past weekend. Sophomore Connor Buchholz led the Musketeers in the 1500-meter run with his career-best time in the event, finishing in 10th with a time of 3:59.26, winning his heat by a large margin. Junior Tom Ohlman finished .01 seconds later, finishing 11th. Sophomore Ryan Konstanzer finished in a season-fastest 50.85 seconds in the 400-meter as well. Sophomore Matt Orlando finished the 800-meter run in 1:58.49, missing his career-best in the event by .19 seconds.
Ohlman, Geer, Clark, as well as Abby and twin sister Clare Fischer leave Wednesday for the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California, one of the more prestigious events in collegiate track and field. The remainder of the Xavier team will prepare for the Jesse Owens Invitational this upcoming weekend in Columbus, Ohio.