Senior Rachel Clark broke the 600-meter record last week and aims to break her own 800-meter record this weekend in New York City.
Feb. 1, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier men's and women's track and field teams will travel to "The Big Apple" this weekend for the NYC Armory Collegiate Invitational. 15 athletes will represent Xavier in 14 events, a few of whom are expected to break school records against some of the best competition the Musketeers will face this season.
Last week at the Indiana Relays, head coach Ryan Orner projected three new school records in the men's and women's 600-meter as well as the men's one mile. The teams responded with those three records as well as two more in the men's 60-meter hurdles and the women's 4x800-meter relay. This week, Orner has again mentioned three athletes who are in good position to break school records this weekend in New York City.
The first targeted record is the 800-meter that will be run by senior Rachel Clark. Clark already owns the 800-meter record with a time of 2:14.57 which she set at last season's A-10 Championships. Clark set the 600-meter record last week in Bloomington and has a good week of practice in preparation for this weekend.
The next two records are the men's and women's 5000-meter run by juniors Tom Ohlman and Clare Fischer. Last week, Ohlman broke the one mile record set by former stand-out Tommy Kauffmann with his time of 4:15.70. Fischer is looking to make her move on the 5000-meter record of 16:34.74 set by classmate Ashley Vincent last year in New York City at New Balance Invitational. Both Ohlman and Fischer look to continue the record-breaking success this team has enjoyed so far this season.
Coach Orner said the strategy will be the same for both Ohlman and Fischer: "The plan for both Tom and Clare will be to stay relaxed during the first mile and run slightly slower than their goal pace. Once through the mile they will be slowly moving up in the pack and running close to their goal race pace. After the midway point they both will attack the final half and go for the records."
Other athletes for the men's side will include seniors David Gibson (60-meter dash, long jump), Hank Geer (5000-meter), Evan Betts (60-meter hurdles), junior Nick Kobunski (800-meter), and sophomore Ryan Konstanzer (400-meter dash).
The rest of the competitors for the women include senior Kaitlin Price (3000-meter), juniors Abby Fischer and Chelsea Hoffmaster (5000-meter), Madison Riethman (800-meter), Mile), Adi Taraska (Shot Put), and Anna Ahlrichs and sophomore Audrey Ramos (One Mile).
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