Select Athletes Headed to New Balance Collegiate Invitational In New York
Feb. 2, 2012
CINCINNATI - The Xavier indoor track and field team will travel 15 of its top athletes to compete this weekend in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational held this Friday and Saturday at the New Balance Track & Field Center inside The Armory in New York City.
This will be the fifth meet of the indoor season for the Musketeers who are progressing towards the Atlantic 10 indoor championships in two weeks. Only athletes who met the qualifying standards are competing this weekend for the Musketeers who could turn in season-best performances on the six-lane 200-meter track that has been called "one of the world's fastest tracks."
The 11th Annual New Balance Collegiate Invitational will provide those running for Xavier a chance to contend against some of the nation's top competition. Over 130 universities and colleges, including several top programs in the country, are planning to be at the event.
Running for the men will be senior Keith Albrektson and sophomore Tom Ohlman in the 5-kilometer college run. Seniors Kurtis Polacek and Nick Williams will compete in the college 60-meter and college 200-meter dashes. Sophomore Evan Betts, who has broken a school record three times this year, will line up in the starting blocks for the college 60-meter hurdles and prelims of the college 400-meter dash.
The women will field a deeper team this weekend sending 10 athletes. Distance runners senior Caylin Howell will run in the college 3-kilometer run while sophomores Clare and Abby Fischer, and Ashley Vincent will compete in the college 5-kilometer race. Senior Emily Tyler, school record holder in four indoor events, will run in the college 60-meter dash and college 60-meter hurdles.
Senior Brittani Peltz plans to have the busiest weekend as she prepares to run in three separate races. She will run individually in the prelims of both the college 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, and will run a leg in the women's distance medley relay. That team will also consist of Howell, as well as junior Rachel Clark and senior Kelsey Erlenbaugh.
Clark plans to run in the 800-meter dash where she set a school record last weekend and Erlenbaugh is set to compete in her second 1,000-meter run of the year. The other competitors on the women's side are sophomores Susannah Shelley who will line up for the college 500-meter dash and Adi Taraska in the shot put.
The New Balance Track & Center is a 60,000 square-foot facility located on the third floor of the historic Fort Washington Avenue Armory in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Built in 1911, The Armory was used first by the military before being chosen as the permanent home of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2002.