Musketeers Looking To Mave Waves At A-10 Outdoor Championship
May 6, 2011
CINCINNATI - The Xavier track and field team led by senior Tommy Kauffmann and juniors Brittani Peltz and Nick Williams heads to Charlotte, N.C. this weekend for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship being held at Irwin Belk Track and Field Center on the campus of Charlotte.
The Musketeers head into the conference meet with several runners peaking at the time necessary for the championship event, which begins Saturday. Head coach Dan Flaute said it takes a lot of work getting ready for a two-day championship meet.
"All of the training in the fall is really geared towards this weekend," he said. "There's a lot of nervous energy, but you're excited because you want to see what your team is capable of at the end of the season."
Live results of events as they occur will be made available through the A-10 website. Daily updates including recaps and interviews with Xavier medalists will be updated throughout the day on GoXavier.com.
Peltz has been the Musketeers' top female sprinter throughout the outdoor season. She will compete individually in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Currently she has the third-fastest conference time (55.70) in the 400-meter dash and the ninth-fastest conference time (25.27) in the 200-meter dash. She will also be the lead runner in the school's 4x400-meter relay team, which is ranked eighth in the league.
Joining Peltz on that relay team is sophomore Rachel Clark who will compete for medalist honors in the 800-meter dash. She currently sits sixth in the event among conference runners with a time of 2:12.17.
Other sprinters to keep an eye include Evan Betts, Susannah Shelley, Annie Lennon and Emily Tyler, who holds the fifth-fastest A-10 time in the 100-meter hurdles heading into Saturday's preliminaries.
Caitlin Thomas headlines the Musketeers' female distance runners with her time of 11:05.18 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her current time has her ranked 10th among conference runners this spring, in the event she finished fourth in the previous outdoor championship.
Isaiah Glover is one of two field athletes for the men to bring home points for the Musketeers. He will be jumping in the long jump Saturday and the triple jump on Sunday.
Freshman Craig Krcal will compete in two field events Saturday for the Musketeers. He will start the day competing in the javelin, before finishing with the pole vault, his strongest event.
Other field events athletes include Adrija Taraska who is competing in the shot put at her first A-10 Outdoor Championship.