Craig Krcal hopes to win his second A-10 pole vault championship this year.
May 2, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier track and field is headed to Charlotte where both teams will compete in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship with the hopes of closing out the season on several high notes.
The Musketeers will compete in numerous events over the two-day conference meet that begins Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center but will ultimately be guided by upperclassmen.
Junior Craig Krcal, the league's reigning indoor pole vault champion, looks for his first outdoor title. Krcal currently holds a 4.60 meter height, which is tied for sixth highest this season.
David Gibson will double up his individual efforts as he is schedule to perform in the long jump and 100-meter dash. He has recorded career bests in both events this year and hopes to score in both events for the men's team.
Evan Betts is returning to run in the 110-meter hurdles an event he currently has a 15.50 time. John Kolibab holds the ninth-best high jump height and will also give Xavier a chance to score in a third field event.
Distance runners Tom Ohlman and Hank Geer give Xavier additional scoring pieces. Ohlman will participate in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event he currently ranks second in the league. Geer will run in the 5,000 meters and heads into the race with the league's eighth-best time.
Twin sisters Abby and Clare Fischer will team up in the 10,000-meter run. Both are ranked in the top 10 but will have to power through small injuries. Anna Ahlrichs will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The junior has made impressive strides and could grab some points for the women's team.
Rachel Clark is a strong candidate in the 800-meter run to move into the finals. She has the ninth-fastest time but has typically performed well at league meets.
In field events the women's top competitors will be Adi Taraska and Mercedes Oliver. Taraska netted points in the shot put during the indoor championship and could do the same this weekend. Oliver is ranked 10th but could be a surprise in the event.