Musketeers Set For Atlantic 10 Indoor Track And Field Championship

Brittani Peltz brought back a medal last year in the 400-meter dash.

Brittani Peltz brought back a medal last year in the 400-meter dash.

Feb. 16, 2012

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Xavier indoor track and field teams, led by a core group of strong upperclassmen runners, makes its annual voyage to compete in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship this weekend at the University of Rhode Island.

Action begins from Mackal Fieldhouse beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and will be split over two days. Full results and a list of scheduled events can be found by visiting the Atlantic 10 website (

The Musketeers have runners favored to compete for the top spot this weekend in numerous events. Senior Nick Williams will represent Xavier in the men's 60- and 200-meter dashes, where he currently holds the fifth and second fastest times, respectively, in the league.

Sophomore Ashley Vincent enters the 5-kilometer race with the fastest time in the conference, which earned her A-10 Performer of the Week honors and also a new school record. She also is ranked ninth in the 3-kilometer race as well, an event she held the school record in briefly this season.

The other Xavier claim to the top spot in the league belongs to the women's distance medley relay, which also smashed the school record in the process at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. That team consisted of junior Rachel Clark, and seniors Brittani Peltz, Kelsey Erlenbaugh, and Caylin Howell.

Senior Emily Tyler is no stranger to being one of the most feared short sprinters in the conference. Last year she placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles, and is currently tied for sixth among league times heading into the meet.



Another strong runner for the Musketeers is sophomore Tom Ohlman. The men's distance runner enters the meet with top 10 times in the 3- and 5-kilometer. He has the second fastest 5-kilometer time out of the league runners this season.

Other runners to keep an eye out are Peltz, Clark, sophomore Clare Fischer, senior Keith Albrektson, sophomore Evan Betts, junior Hank Geer, and sophomores Craig Krcal and Adi Taraska.

Peltz will run individually in the 200- and 400-meter dash. Last season she finished fifth in the 200-meter dash and was able to bring home second-place and an individual medal in the 400-meter dash. Clark has the ninth fastest time in the 800-meter run heading into the weekend and Fischer holds the fifth fastest A-10 time in the 5-kilometer run.

Geer, who missed the cross country season, has consistently improved his times throughout the year and will be running at the A-10 Indoor Championship after missing last season.

In addition to the medals, the Musketeers hope to continue a trend of record-breaking performances at this weekend's meet. Four records fell last year at this meet for the Musketeers, who also saw three medalist pwerformances. A newly resurfaced and expanded track from 55 to 60 meters could add in some new bests.

In six indoor meets the Xavier men have broken four records, which fail to compare to the eight new school marks that have been set by the women's team.

Tyler has set new standards in the women's 60-meter and 60-meter hurdles, while Vincent and Howell rewrote distance records in the 3- and 5-kilometer runs. The 4x400-meter and distance medley relays also put on record breaking performances. Taraska tossed a new school record in the weight throw and Clark grabbed the top spot in the 800-meter dash.

The men's record-breaking performances have been headlined by Williams who has set new standards in the men's 60- and 200-meter dashes. Betts has set a new school mark four times in the 60-meter hurdles this season and also lent a hand to the new 4x400-meter relay time, of which Williams also played a part in.