Musketeers Fend Off Tough Conditions at A-10 Outdoor Championships
May 6, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier track and field teams competed in the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, marking their final A-10 Championship meet as they along with the rest of the Xavier athletic teams make the move to the Big East next year. The Musketeers came away with seven new school records and 14 individuals set a career-best time while in they bid the A-10 adieu in Charlotte.
The women's team had many notable finishes in many events this weekend in Charlotte, including the very successful 10,000-meter run which saw three Musketeers in the top-10. Junior Clare Fischer finished 3rd overall with a time of 35:37.31. Clare was the only member of the women's side to medal, earning herself women's athlete of the meet accolades for the Musketeers. Following Clare was freshman Sarah Mazzei who finished 9th with a time of 36:59.29 in her first attempt in the event of her outdoor career. Following Mazzei .30 seconds later was junior Abby Fischer in 10th with a time of 36:59.59.
The women's 800-meter had some of the top middle distance talent for the Musketeers, starting with senior Rachel Clark who, in her final A-10 individual race, finished in the top-10 for 5th time this outdoor season. Her 9th place finish with a time of 2:12.21 landed Clark in the top-10 for the 23rd time in her Xavier career, solidifying her as one of the top performers in Xavier track history. Following Clark were junior Madison Riethman, who finished 19th with a time of 2:16.57, .01 off from her season-best in the event. Senior Kaitlin Price rounded out the Musketeer finishers with a 24th place finish with a time of 2:18.03.
The 400-meter saw the duo of sophomore Samantha Birchfield and freshman Christine Lucas once again team up. Birchfield finished in 23rd with a time of 58.56, a season-best, while Lucas finished 24th in a career-best time of 58.76. Sophomore Audrey Ramos led the Musketeers in the 1500-meter, finishing 17th in a time of 4:45.72, followed by Clare Fischer in 21st with a time of 4:47.24 and junior Anna Ahlrichs in 27th with a time of 4:51.66. Ahlrichs also set a career-best time of 11:19.40 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing 12th. Junior Jessica Albers led the Musketeers in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:43.19, good enough for 11th. Senior Calesse Cardosi followed in 25th with a time of 18:45.30.
The Musketeers were led yet again by freshman Onya Edwards in both the long jump and triple jump. Edwards set the school record in the long jump on Saturday before breaking the setting the school record in the triple jump on Sunday. Her distances of 5.55-meters (18'2.5") in the long jump and 11.08-meters (36'4.25") this past weekend gives Edward the school record in both outdoor events in addition to school records in both indoor events. She finished 10th in the long jump and 13th in the triple jump. Fellow freshman Anyssa Juarez also set a career-best in the triple jump with a distance of 10.03-meters.
Rounding out the action for the women's side was freshman Mercedes Oliver and junior Adrija Taraska in the field events. In the shot put, Taraska finished in 8th place with a career-best distance of 12.98-meters. Oliver followed with a distance of 12.27-meters, earning herself 13th place. She rebounded in the discus, however, finishing 8th with a distance of 40.47-meters. Taraska finished 19th in the pole vault with a distance of 22.36-meters.
Last but not least for the women this weekend was the new school record set in the 4x800-meter race by the team of Clark, Riethman, Ramos and Price. Their time of 9:05.14 landed them in 7th place and surpassed the four year old record set back in 2009 of 9:07.31.
The men's side was led by a number of great performances in Charlotte. Senior Evan Betts bested his own school record of 15.08 twice this weekend. He qualified 5th for the finals with a time of 14.85 only to beat that time the next day, finishing 6th and a new school record of 14.74 seconds.
Senior David Gibson led the Musketeers in both the 100-meter dash as well as the long jump. Gibson has been on a tear in the last month of the season, and finished his A-10 career with Xavier with a career-best time of 10.82 seconds and a school record distance of 7.24-meters. Gibson qualified 3rd overall for the 100-meter dash finals where he finished 7th with a time of 11.09 seconds. His distance of 7.24-meters (23'9") beat the teams previous season-best by over .3 meters. The Flint, Michigan product also ran the final leg of the 4x100 relay, which finished 4th with a time of 42.71 seconds, as well as the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay. With his successful weekend, Gibson earned the male performer of the meet for the Musketeers.
Junior Tom Ohlman finished fourth in a school record time of 9:02.40. The junior captain broke his own record of 9:03.09 set a year ago at the Stanford Invitational and gives Ohlman his third outdoor school record of the 2013 season.
Sophomore John Kolibab continues his success in the high jump as he broke the school record yet again in Charlotte, clearing a career-best 1.99-meters (6'6.25"). His previous best this season was 1.96-meters at the Early Bird Relays back in March.
Fellow sophomore Jake Dibattista had some success of his own in the field events. The sophomore finished 14th in the javelin throw with a career-best distance of 45.59-meters and finished 15th in the discus with a distance of 37.23-meters. Junior Craig Krcal finished 7th in the pole vault clearing a height of 4.50-meters and 17th in the javelin throw with a distance of 43.44-meters.
Other finishers for the men's side include: senior Hank Geer (6th, 14:35.43) and Tom Ohlman (10th, 14:41.94) in the 5,000-meter run, juniors Nick Kobunski (33rd, 1:57.25) and Keith Schenkel (35th, 2:00.61) in the 800-meter, sophomores Connor Buchholz (16th, 4:00.18) and Corey Zielinski (24th, 4:10.02) in the 1500-meter run, junior Ryan Konstanzer (21st, 50.44) in the 400-meter dash, and freshman Randall Mitchell (15th, 12.67-meters) in the triple jump.
The season is winding down as the Musketeers last meet is this weekend at the Swarthmore Last Chance in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. After that, the Musketeers will wait to hear for possible individual entries to the NCAA East Regional May 23rd and 24th in Greensboro, North Carolina.