Clare Fischer raised her status in multiple rankings after her performance against the elite competition at the Mt. SAC Relays.
CINCINNATI - This weekend the Xavier track and field teams participated in the Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. and in the Beach Invite at Long Beach State University in Long Beach, Calif. where the squads competed against nationally ranked teams from across the country, including Arizona, Arkansas, Texas and Oregon. The Musketeers came away with several high place finishes against the strong field of competitors.
At the Mt. SAC Relays, senior Clare Fischer provided the biggest highlight of the trip by taking tenth place against many of the top runners in the country in the Invite Elite Section of the 10000m with a time of 34:21.21. With this time, Clare broke her own school record by eighteen seconds and is now ranked number two in the BIG EAST Conference, seventeenth in the East Region and forty-first in the nation in the event.
Seniors Anna Ahlrichs and Jessica Albers and junior Audrey Ramos also competed against the top tier teams at the Relays and set personal records in the process. Ahlrichs ran in the 3000m Steeplechase Open A section and placed fifteenth with a time of 10:48.03, moving her up to number two on the BIG EAST leader boards.
Ramos and Albers both ran the 5000m. Ramos ran in the Open B group taking twentieth and set a new personal record by four seconds of 16:59.29, while Albers ran in the Open C group crossing tenth with a time of 17:07.04, also a new personal record by eleven seconds. Senior Abby Fischer ran in the 10000m Silver Elite section where she crossed twenty-eighth with a time of 36:09.06.
Members from the teams also competed in the Beach Invite. Senior Craig Krcal took nineteen in the pole vault by setting a season-best distance of 4.73m and placed twenty-eighth in javelin (49.67m) and junior John Kolibab placed fifth in the high jump with a height of 2.0m.
Junior Matt Orlando won his heat in the 800m with a time of 1:56.58, a personal record. Sophomore Connor Buchholz and junior Corey Zielinski ran the 1500m where Buchholz set a personal record by crossing in a time of 3:56.13 (34th) and Zielinski in a time of 3:59.15 (53rd), a season-best.