Xavier Trio Earns Atlantic 10 Accolades At Conference Meet

Craig Krcal earned his second runner-up in the pole vault on Saturday.

Craig Krcal earned his second runner-up in the pole vault on Saturday.

May 5, 2012


AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomores Abby Fischer, Craig Krcal, and Ashley Vincent won Atlantic 10 medals and earned All-Conference honors on the first day of 2012 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship for Xavier.

Fischer was the first Musketeer of the day to pick up medal honors as she willed her way to a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Her time of 35:50.18 was a personal best and also puts her into consideration for the NCAA Regionals in two weekends. Her medal is the first of her career.

Krcal became just the fifth Xavier athlete to claim multiple Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors after he placed second in the pole vault. He cleared a new school record of 4.65 meters (15-03.00) on his first attempt, giving him the crucial tiebreaker over the vaulters who finished at the height.

It was the second straight runner-up title in the event for Krcal, who finished second at the league's indoor championship in February.

Wrapping up the medal winners for Xavier on the opening day of the league meet was Vincent who placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She ran a 10:32.41 in the endurance run and shaved 12 seconds off her previous school record also putting her close closer to a spot in the NCAA Regional meet.

Primed to join Saturday's winners on the medal stand is senior Emily Tyler who qualified for the finals of women's 100-meter hurdles on Sunday. In addition to her qualifying, Tyler also set school records in two of the three races she ran in.

Tyler started off her day by finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles, her signature event, with a preliminary and new school record time of 14.36. She returned later in the day to run a 12.24 in the 100-meter dash, also a new school record, but leaving her one spot shy from qualifying for the finals.



Last year Tyler placed third in the race and then grabbed her first runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles at this year's indoor meet. She also ran to a personal best 25.63 in the 200-meter dash.

Other Musketeer runners who are in position to medal are senior Nick Williams, junior Rachel Clark, and sophomore Evan Betts.

Clark automatically qualified for the finals of the women's 800-meter run by placing second in her heat. She finished with the fourth fastest overall time of 2:12.82.

Williams qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash after sprinting to a 21.82 and sixth fastest time in the event. The race came after Williams was disqualified in the 100-meter dash. It was the first false start of his career and eliminated him from an event he took second in last year.

Betts ran a season-best time of 15.09 in the 110-meter high hurdles on his way to qualifying for the finals in a second straight season. His time was the ninth fastest and last to be taken for the finals.

After the first day of events both Xavier teams are sitting in ninth place. The women's team finished the day with 15 points and the men's team had nine points. Dayton (59.30) leads the women's standings and Rhode Island (75) leads the men's standings.

Sophomore Clare Fischer added to the women's point total by running a 36:04.60 and finishing sixth in the 10,000-meter run. Classmate Chelsea Hoffmaster picked up an 11th place finish in the race with a personal best finish of 36:55.53.

Senior Keith Albrektson picked up the other point for the men's team with his eighth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. He ran a personal best time of 30:43.45 in the day's first running event.

Freshman John Kolibab was just shy of earning points for the men's team in the high jump. He finished ninth with a clearance of 1.89 meters (6-02.25). Also missing a chance to qualify for a spot in the finals was senior Ben Nathan in the 800-meter run (1:53.61).

In all Xavier had 17 new personal bests during at the nine-lane track on the campus of the University of Massachusetts.

Senior Nia Williams earned new bests in the 200-meter dash and long jump. Sophomore Anna Ahlrichs shaved off over 70 seconds on her previous mark in the women's steeplechase.

Senior Kelsey Erlenbaugh and junior Kaitlin Price are new owners of bests in the women's 800-meter run and freshman Samantha Birchfield and sophomore Susannah Shelley established new times in the women's 400-meter dash.

Freshman Ryan Konstanzer ran a 50.19, the best of his career, in the men's 400-meter dash.

Action resumes for Xavier at 10:40 a.m. with the running of the men's 4x100-meter relay.