Williams, Tyler Medal In Final Day Of A-10 Outdoor Championship
May 8, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Juniors Nick Williams and Emily Tyler stole the show for the Xavier track and field team that wrapped up competition on the final day of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center in Charlotte.
Williams turned in a medalist performance in one event and placed fourth in another, while Tyler reached the podium and broke a school record for the second-straight day. School marks were also broken in the women's 800-meter run by sophomore Rachel Clark and the men's 4x100-meter relay team.
Overall Xavier finished with three medalists and several key performances during a weekend that included the men's best ever team finish.
Williams provided the most memorable moment of the day spilling across the finish line of the men's 100-meter dash. He exhausted every bit of his energy to post a 10.69 finish, eight-one thousandths of a second behind the winner, before falling hard to track.
Tyler turned in the women's best performance of the weekend by shattering the school-record in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 14.44 erased her previous mark of 14.62 set three weekends ago. It was the second school-record that fell for Tyler over the weekend, as she posted a new mark in the preliminaries of women's 100-meter dash on Saturday.
The second school record to fall for the Musketeers came in the women's 800-meter run, thanks to a strong finish by Clark. She stayed with the lead pack throughout the race, before making a determined pushed in the final straight away. Her time of 2:11.17 bested the previous school mark by exactly one second.
The Xavier men's 4x100-meter relay team also put their name in the record book with a new school record. Sophomores David Gibson and Evan Betts, junior Kurtis Polacek and Williams bested the previous school time with a time of 41.79 seconds. Gibson's strong start for the Musketeers was key in setting the new standard.
Senior Tommy Kauffman ran his second long-distance run of the meet, this time finishing sixth in the men's 5,000-meter run. His time of 14:54.64 came less than 18 hours after he won the men's individual championship in the 10,000-meter run.
He has to await the announcement of the NCAA regional field before finding out where he will be running the 10k run next.
Junior Keith Albrektson also netted a top-eight finish for the Musketeers in the 5k run, with a finishing time of 14:53.93.
Overall, it was the best league meet for the men's team who finished in seventh place just behind Fordham, who jumped Xavier on the day's final event. The Musketeers finished with 40 points, besting 2009's total by eight.
Thanks to Tyler's medalist performance, Clark's run in the 800-meter, and senior Sabrina Johnson's eighth place in Saturday's discus the women's team finished 12th with 12 points.
Rhode Island captured the men's team title with 179 points, ahead of Charlotte's 176.5 points and Temple's 131 points. Charlotte scored169.5 points on the women's side to win the team title. Dayton placed second with 133 points and Richmond finished third with 99.5 points.
Other notable finishes for the Musketeer women include Ashley Vincent, Caylin Howell and Clare Fischer in the 5,000-meter run, personal bests by Jessica Albers and Abby Fischer in the 1,500-meter run, Marikka Joseph's personal best in the 400-meter hurdles, Annie Lennon and Suzannah Shelley who both set personal bests in the 400-meter dash, and Adi Taraska in the shot put.
For the men Joe Ryan set a season-best time and Keith Schenkel posted a personal-best time in the 1,500-meter run, while Nicholas Kobunski, Sam Lewis, and Ben Lawrence had personal bests in the 800-meter run.