Xavier Faces Off Against Atlantic 10 Conference At League Meet
May 4, 2012
CINCINNATI - Expectations are high for the Xavier track and field team, which competes this weekend in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Amherst, Mass. on the campus of the University of Massachusetts.
The Musketeers enter the meet after a strong outdoor season that has seen both individual and team performances that have altered the record book. Among the field of competitors for the Musketeers is a core of sprinters, distance runners, and hurdlers that are looking for the program's best outdoor conference showing.
Senior Emily Tyler will look to add to her third medal in the hurdles at her final conference meet. She currently ranks fifth in the league with her school-record time of 14.43. Last year she placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and followed it up with a runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles at this year's indoor meet.
The distance runners make up the majority of the Musketeers' threat on the women's side. Sophomore Ashley Vincent is primed to have a big weekend as she will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run. She currently has the third fastest times among league runners in both races.
Sophomore Clare Fischer, who has enjoyed a breakthrough year in both track and cross country, seeks a medal in the 10,000-meter run. She has the second fastest time among runners who will take part in the event on Saturday morning.
Senior Caylin Howell, who earned medalist honors in the 1,500-meter run at the indoor meet earlier this year, is scheduled to run in two races on Sunday. She will participate in the 1,500- and the 5,000-meter run, where she has the fifth fastest time in the league this season.
Junior Rachel Clark could earn her first conference medal this weekend. She has top three times in the 800- and 1,500-meter run, which were also school-record times, heading into the meet.
Williams is the top men's sprinter in program history and will compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He currently holds the third fastest time in the 100-meter dash and the sixth in the 200-meter dash. Williams has five-career Atlantic 10 medals.
Geer earned runner-up honors in the 5,000-meter run at the indoor meet after missing the cross country season. He will take a shot at another league medal when he runs in the 5K run on Sunday.
Last year sophomore Craig Krcal surprised the league when he finished seventh in the pole vault at the outdoor meet. He followed that performance by earning a runner-up at the indoor meet in February. Currently, Krcal has the seventh highest jump in the conference this year.
Freshman John Kolibab is in a position where he could earn points for the Musketeers in the high jump. He holds the 11th highest clearance in the league.
A full schedule of events, heat sheets for all races, and a link to live results from the conference meet are located at the top of this release.