Xavier T&F Sends Five To Prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California
April 17, 2013
CINCINNATI- The Xavier Track and Field teams will be sending five runners to the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California this week. Seniors Rachel Clark and Hank Geer along with juniors Tom Ohlman, Abby Fischer, and Clare Fischer will be participating in the historic meet throughout the rest of this week. The five have already enjoyed remarkable careers as a Musketeer and will look to make the next step with success out west this week.
Senior Rachel Clark - Cincinnati, Ohio - St. Ursula Academy
Clark is one of Xavier's top runners and has been a consistent top-10 finisher in her Xavier career. Over the course of her career, she has earned 25 top-10 finishes and 15 out of those 25 have been top-5 finishes. In her junior year, Clark finished in the top-5 nine times including a first overall finish at the Early Bird Relays with a time of 4:36.41 in the 1500-meter. The senior occupational therapy major holds school records in 4 individual events: the 1500-meter (outdoor) with a time of 4:27.36 set at the 2012 Cardinal Twilight, the 800-meter (indoor) with a time of 2:14.57 set at the 2012 A-10 Indoor Championships, the 800-meter (outdoor) with a time of 2:10.15 set at the 2012 A-10 Outdoor Championship, and most recently the 600-meter (indoor) with a time of 1:38.00 set at the Indiana Relays. Clark has been a staple in Xavier relay teams over her career, regardless of distance, and is part of three school records in relay events: the 4x1500-meter (outdoor) relay with a time of 19:45.67 set back in 2011 at the Raleigh Relays, the Distance Medley (indoor) relay with a time of 11:42.53 set back in 2012 at the New Balance Collegiate Invite, and 4x800-meter (indoor) relay in a time of 9:19.98 set at this season at the Indiana Relays. Clark will run in the fourth heat of the 800-meter run on Friday afternoon, aiming to set a new school record in the process.
Senior Hank Geer - Cincinnati, Ohio - Sycamore High School
Geer, along with fellow captain Rachel Clark, has also been one of Xavier's most consistent top-10 finishers since his arrival at Xavier four years ago. Geer has racked up 23 top-10 finishes in his career, 14 of which have been top-5 finishes. He has proven his ability to run the long distance races like the 3000-meter, the 5000-meter and the 10000-meter over the course of his career. Among those three events, Geer has finished the 3000-meter race seven times, finishing in the top-5 four times. He has competed in the 5000-meter event 13 times, finishing in the top-10 eleven times with five top-5 finishes. Geer has competed in the 10000-meter race just three times, but has finished in the top-10 all three times with two top-5 finishes. The senior business major set his personal record this past weekend in the 5000-meter race, finishing with a time of 14:42.78 and finishing 5th at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tennessee. Geer will run in the one and only heat of the 5000-meter race on Friday night and look to put up his best-ever time in the 5000-meter.
Junior Tom Ohlman - Carmel, Indiana - Carmel High School
Ohlman has been a top tier runner since his first days at Xavier. In just three seasons, the junior has finished in the top-10 23 times including 20 top-5 finishes and five first overall finishes. Ohlman holds two school records in the one mile run, which he set this season with a time of 4:15.70 at the Indiana Relays, and the 3000-meter steeplechase at last year's Stanford Invitational. Ohlman finished first in the 1500-meter run at the 2012 Early Bird Relays ahead of 32 other runners in a time of 3:55.81, 5 tenths of a second short of the school record in the event. He also finished first overall at last year's A-10 Indoor Championships in the 5000-meter run with a time of 14:43.81, making him an A-10 Champion in the event. Three of Ohlman's first place finishes in his career have come via the 3000-meter steeplechase, which he will be participating in at the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend. In his rookie year as a Musketeer, Ohlman won the 3000-meter SC at the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana in a time of 9:25.57 for his first career victory as a college runner. He ran in the event twice as a sophomore, finishing first overall at the Alabama Relays with a time of 9:09.99. He finished 32nd at the Stanford Invitational, but set the school record in the process with a time of 9:03.09. Ohlman will compete in the one and only heat in the 3000-meter steeplechase Thursday afternoon and will be looking to finish under nine minutes and qualify for the NCAA East Regional.
Junior Abby Fischer - Cleveland, Ohio - Magnificat High School
Abby Fischer, twin sister of Clare Fischer, is one half of the tandem that has come to dominate long distance events in recent Xavier history. Abby has run in 20 individual events thus far in her career as a Musketeer, finishing in the top-10 13 times and in the top-5 eight times. While she holds no school records, her personal records are not far off from the top times in school history. Her personal time in the indoor 5000-meter (17:21.47) is short of the school record by less than 20 seconds and her personal best in the outdoor 5000-meter (17:02.58) is 1.02 seconds short of the school record. Her personal best in the 10000-meter run is 1:11 short of the school record, held by her sister Clare. She has shaved minutes off of her personal records in each year she has run at Xavier. Her time in the 3000-meter has improved over 50 seconds, going from 10:49.51 her freshman year to 10:01.77 which she ran at the Gladstein Invite in January. In the outdoor 5000-meter, she has gone from 18:22.56 in her freshman year to 17:02.58 this past March at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, cutting down her personal best by 1:20.02. Her personal best in the 10000-meter is 35:50.18, which is the mark she will try to best this week at the Mt. SAC Relays. Abby will be in the only heat for the 10000-meter run open, scheduled for Thursday night.
Junior Clare Fischer - Cleveland, Ohio - Magnificat High School
The second half of the tandem has shared the gradual success with that of her sister Abby. Clare has competed in 18 events during her track career, finishing in the top-10 14 times, the top-5 8 times with 2 career first overall finishes. Clare holds the school record in the 10000-meter run with a time of 34:39.59 and has enjoyed nothing but top-10 success with just one exception since February of last year. The exception came at the Stanford Invitational where Clare finished 58th in the 5000-meter but still managed to set the school record. She has placed in the top-10 in 12 of the last 13 events of her career at Xavier. She has run in six events this track season, with a first overall finish at the Early Bird Relays in March in the 1500-meter with a time of 4:38.70 and a second place finish at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational also in March with a time of 16:53.86 in the 5000-meter record, which is a personal record. During the indoor season, she finished fourth at the A-10 Championships in the 5000-meter with a time of 17:22.46 and ninth at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a personal-best time of 17:04.53 in the 5000-meter. She also finished eighth in the 3000-meter run at the A-10 Championships with a time of 10:09.66 and finished 10th in the same event at the Gladstein Invite with a time of 9:57.75. Clare will look to continue her successful career on Thursday evening as she will run in the only heat of the 10000-meter run invite elite.