Xavier T&F Teams Wrap Up Busy Weekend In Multiple Meets
April 21, 2013
Mt. SAC Invitational Photo Gallery 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier track and field teams finished up their busiest weekend of the season on Saturday as they completed competition in both the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio and the Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut, California.
The Mt. SAC Invitational concluded on Saturday with all five Musketeer competitors competing in a single event. Senior Hank Geer led the way, running the fastest 5000-meters of his career with a time of 14:30.28, good enough for 11th out of 32 competitors. Geer's record time could see him in the top-5 in the Atlantic 10 for fastest times in the event this year.Junior Tom Ohlman finished just short of his personal record in his event, finishing the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:05.00, finishing 8th. With his finish this weekend, Ohlman could see himself with the fastest time in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the A-10 this year.
Senior Rachel Clark ran a time of 2:13.37 in the fifth heat of the 800-meter run open. While she missed her goal of 2:10 by three seconds, she ran one of the best times of her outdoor season. Junior Abby Fischer ran a personal record in the 10000-meter run open with her time of 35:40.02. She finished 6th out of 19 runners including three who did not finish. Her twin sister, junior Clare Fischer, ran a time of 35:39.91, finishing 19th out of 25 of some of the top long distance runners in the country. While it was one of her slower times in the event, head coach Ryan Orner believed that travel and recovery from illness last week may have taken its toll on Clare, preventing her from being in top form for the meet.
In Columbus, the Musketeers were led by senior David Gibson who finished in the top-15 in both the 100-meter dash and the long jump. Gibson has been on a roll of late and was coming off a strong showing in Knoxville last week in the long jump and it continued this weekend in Columbus. Gibson finished the long jump in 13th place with a distance of 6.87-meters and finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.88, .05 short of a top-10 finish.
Other competitors for the Musketeers on day two included senior Evan Betts (26th) in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.53, freshman Christine Lucas (24th) who ran the 400-meter run in sixty seconds even, and sophomore John Kolibab (11th) who cleared a height of 1.90-meters in the high jump.
The Musketeers will have the week off as they prepare for their final Atlantic 10 championship in school history before moving to the Big East next year. This year's A-10 Outdoor Championship will take place May 4th and 5th in Charlotte, N.C.