Xavier Track and Field Travel Back To Bloomingtom For The Indiana Relays
Jan. 24, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier track and field teams will head back to Bloomington, Indiana this week to participate in the Indiana Relays on January 25th and 26th. This is the last meet before the teams much anticipated trip to New York for the Armory College Invitational on February 1st and 2nd.
The focus of this weekend's meet will be to rewrite some of Xavier's short distance records. Aiming to do so will be junior Nick Kobunski, whose success in the 600-meter over the course of his career and the early part of this season puts him in a great position to break Ken Schwieter's 2009 record of 1:32.26, which was also set in Bloomington at the Indiana Relays. Fellow junior Tom Ohlman will be looking to break Tommy Kauffmann's record time 4:16.41 in the mile. This would be Kobunski's first individual record in his Xavier career while this would be Ohlman's second individual track record, as he holds the fastest time of 9:03.09 in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
For the women's side, senior Rachel Clark and junior Madison Riethman will be looking to beat sophomore Samantha Birchfield's current 600-meter record of 1:39.56 which she set in her first event of the season at the Oiler Opener. Clark and Riethman were Xavier's top finishers last week in their events, Clark running the mile with a time of 5:12.19 and Riethman finishing the 800-meter with a time of 2:18.26. Clark, the senior captain, holds school track records for the indoor 800-meter (2:14.57), the outdoor 800-meter (2:10.15), and the 1500-meter run (4:27.39). This would be Riethman's first individual record as a Musketeer.
This weekend will also have a Musketeer in the pole vault event for the first time this season as junior Craig Krcal will be participating for the men's side. Krcal, who holds the school record in the event at 14"11' (4.55m), has missed the first two meets of the season to recover from an injury suffered in the pre-season.
For a full list of the events and Musketeers participating this weekend, visit the links at the top of the page.