Krcal beat out four fellow competitors in the final round to claim the top spot in the pole vault.
Feb. 21, 2014
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - The Xavier track and field team completed a successful first day of the BIG EAST Championship where Craig Krcal won the conference championship in the pole vault and several athletes set school records and season bests.
Craig Krcal led off the day's events by winning the indoor conference championship in the pole vault, setting the tone for the team. This is the second season in a row that Krcal has won a conference championship in the pole vault, taking first in last year's Atlantic 10 Championship. Krcal cleared a distance of 4.70m and was the only vaulter of the remaining four to clear the jump.
Krcal was not the only member of the team to perform at a high level; Russell Platt also contributed significantly to the men's side. Platt set personal records in both the 60m and the 200m. In the 60m, he took fifth place and crossed with a time of 7.05 and finished sixth in the 200m with a time of 22.48. With these finishes, Platt qualifies in both events for Saturday's finals.
The distance medley relay team set a school record by finishing with a time of 10:08.00 and took fifth, earning the team four points. The team was lead off by Grant Parrelli and was followed by Ryan Konstanzer, Connor Buchholz and Corey Zielinski, who all ran solid times.
The women's team also finished the day with strong performances from several of its members. Mercedes Oliver entered the weight throw seeded eleventh and came away with a sixth place performance. Oliver set a new school record with her final throw, reaching a distance of 15.10m, breaking the old school record by over two meters.
Clare Fischer took seventh in the 5000m and set a new school record by crossing with a time of 16:59.86. Fischer earned the chance to compete in both tomorrow's 5000m and 3000m finals. Onya Edwards added to the team's day by breaking her own school record in the long jump by reaching a distance of 5.46m and placing fourth. Edwards will be competing tomorrow in the triple jump.
The women's distance medley relay team ran a season-best performance of 11:55.04 taking fifth place and scoring four points for the team's overall score. Audrey Ramos ran first for the team with Sydney Larkin running second, Susannah Shelley third and Anna Ahlrichs rounding out the group.
Competition for all the final events begins tomorrow Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4:40 p.m. ET at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City.