Junior captain Tom Ohlman will look to repeat as A-10 champion in the 5000-meter and place in the top-5 for the second year in a row in the 3000-meter this weekend.
Feb. 14, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier track and field teams are off to Kingston, Rhode Island as they are set to compete at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships. Both teams as well as the coaches have their sights set on top finishes in many events this weekend.
Head coach Ryan Orner is anxious to see many events and top finishes in those events by the Xavier athletes. On the women’s side, senior captain Rachel Clark is poised to have another solid weekend for the Musketeers in several events. She will be aiming for the top spot in the 800-meter and will lead the Musketeers in a number of relay events. Juniors Clare Fischer and Abby Fischer will be competing in both the 3000-meter and the 5000-meter races this weekend, with Clare looking to take home the trophy in the 5000-meter a year after placing fourth while Abby will hope to follow closely for a top-5 finish.
The men’s side will be led by junior captain and reigning Atlantic 10 Champion in Tom Ohlman in the 5000-meter. An added test for Ohlman will be the 3000-meter, which he placed fifth in a year ago in Kingston. Alongside him will be fellow captain senior Hank Geer who will look for a second straight top-5 finish. Ohlman and Geer dominated the event last year, finishing first and second, respectively. Senior Evan Betts will be looked upon to finish high in the 60-meter hurdles this weekend. Betts set a new school record for the second time this season in the event this past weekend at the Hoosier Hills Invitational and will be looking for another strong outing in Kingston.
As for field events, the women will be looking to junior Adi Taraska to place well in the shot put as well as a strong showing from Grand Valley State transfer Amara Whaley in the women’s pole vault. This will be the juniors first competition as a Musketeer, and Orner says that a strong outing isn’t out of the question for Whaley in her first event on the season and could see her place in the top-5 this weekend.
On the men’s side, senior David Gibson (long jump), junior Craig Krcal (pole vault), sophomore John Kolibab (high jump), and sophomore Jake Dibattista (shot put) will look to provide points in their respected events as well.
Action begins Saturday morning and will continue through the night with the finals and championship ceremonies on Sunday afternoon. For the list of the event schedule and live stats, visit the link at the top of the page.
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