Senior Luke Beuerlein became the first XU male qualifier for NCAA Regionals
May 3, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Concluding a season overflowing with record-setting achievements, the Xavier track & field team brought the consistently upward trend to its highest-ever peak this weekend at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Musketeers turned in their best A-10 Championship performance ever, setting the most school records ever at one meet (15), posting the highest point totals ever for both teams, and adding two more NCAA Regional qualifiers to a list of three first-time program participants.
The men's team finished eighth overall with 32 points while the women's team took eleventh place with 27 points, both totals eclipsing the previous record totals for the event.
Junior April Phillips became Xavier's first-ever A-10 Conference Champion with her 47'4" ½ shot put throw. The mark is both a new school record and an NCAA Regional qualify throw, making her the second woman this season behind sophomore Caitlin Thomas to qualify for Regionals.
XU's third NCAA Regional qualifier is senior Luke Beuerlein. A 9:04.68 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase etched Beuerlein's name in stone as the first men's NCAA Regional qualifier in program history. The senior finished fourth in the event.
Senior Clinton Womack missed a conference championship in the 800 meters by just two-hundredths of a second, claiming the title of runner-up instead. Womack's 1:51.55 is a new school record. Thomas, having already qualified for NCAA Regionals at the All-Ohio Championships, claimed second in her event as well. A 10:51.73 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase placed her as XU's second runner-up of the meet.
Phillips, Thomas, Beuerlein, Womack, and sophomore Tommy Kauffmann make up the five Xavier athletes whose 2009 A-10 Championship finishes earn them a spot on the list of Top-Ten All-time Atlantic 10 Tournament Performances for their respective events. Kauffmann makes the list in the 10,000 meters for his school-record time of 30:30.48, bashing 24 seconds off XU alumni Ben Milroy's record at the same event the previous year. The run earned him fourth place in the fastest field the event has ever seen.
Xavier's fifteen total school records at the event, split nearly down the middle between the men (8) and women (7), sets the mark for most XU top times ever posted at one meet. In the field events, sophomore Jory DelCecato had a moster discus throw, adding 14 inches to his previous school record while placing sixth in the event (152'4"). Junior Derek LeBlanc closed out a season of continually topping himself by leaping 46'10" ¼ in the triple jump to claim third in the event and a new school record. Freshman Micayla McGinn added a half-inch to her previous school high jump record with a 5'1" leap.
School relays records fell left and right as four different teams set new marks. On Saturday the men's and women's 4x800 meter relay teams both set new school records. Sophomore Ben Nathan (1:55), Womack (1:53), freshman Steven Testa (1:55), and freshman Nick Williams (1:55), turned in a 7:39.82, dropping six seconds from the previous record in the eighth-place finish. On the women's side, the team of freshman Brittani Peltz (2:16), senior Becky Clark (2:11), senior Ashley Stick (2:20), and junior Bethany Moore (2:18) ran a time of 9:07.31 for a new school record. The previous record was set two years ago at the same event when XU placed second. The field has improved so much since then that Xavier claimed ninth this season with a superior time.
The Musketeer relay teams found success on Sunday as well, posting school records in the women's 4x400 and men's 4x100. The 4x400 team featured freshman Emily Tyler, Peltz, junior Lauryn Dugan, and junior Kate Phillips with a time of 4:03.09. The men's 4x100 team claimed seventh at 42.84 with freshman Brian Armstrong, senior Dan Magness, sophomore Ryan Ulmer, and Williams.
Sprinters Tyler and Magness also had record-setting weekends in the hurdles events. Tyler set new top times in the 100 hurdles on Saturday with her 14.97 run and in the 100 meter dash (12.69). Magness edged out fellow senior Jeff Hileman by fifteen-hundredths of a second to claim the 400 meter hurdles school record (56.65). Brittani Peltz, a member of the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, also set the school mark in the 400 meter dash with her time of 57.18.
The Xavier Track Coaching Staff and Administrators would like to thank our eleven seniors for their contributions in the classroom and on the field of competition. The male seniors include Luke Beuerlein, Jeff Hileman, Dan Magness, Aaron Smith, and Clinton Womack. The women are Becky Clark, Danna Deans, Katie Dominguez, Amy Sanders, Ashley Stick and Katie Wetterau.
Top Xavier A-10 Championship Performers
April Phillips - Champion (Shot Put)
Caitlin Thomas - 2nd (3000 Steeplechase)
Clinton Womack - 2nd (800)
Derek LeBlanc - 3rd (Triple Jump)
Tommy Kauffmann - 4th (10,000)
Luke Beuerlein - 7th (5,000) ; 4th (3000 Steeplechase)
Becky Clark - 5th (1,500) ; 5th (5,000)
Jory DelCecato - Discus (6th)
Men's 4x100 relay (Armstrong, Magness, Ulmer, Williams) - 7th
Emily Tyler - 8th (400 hurdles)
Men's 4x800 relay (Nathan, Womack, Testa, Williams) - 8th