Nick Williams enters the meet with the fourth-fastest time in the 200-meter dash, an event he placed third in last year.
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.
Williams is the top men's sprinter and holds the second fastest time in the league's 100-meter dash and fourth fastest time (21.59) in the 200-meter dash. He will run in the 100-meter dash preliminaries on Saturday with a qualifying time of 10.7 seconds. Williams placed third in the 200-meter and fourth in the 100-meter race at last year's A-10 Outdoor Championship.
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.
Kauffmann, the program's most decorated male distance runner, will compete in the 10k run Saturday evening, where he currently has the second-fastest time (29:28.12) in the conference. He will turn around and run the 5k Sunday afternoon where he has the fifth quickest finish (14:13.02). Kauffmann placed fourth in the 10k and third in the 5k last season.
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.
Xavier will field one of its more competitive field teams in recent program history. Sabrina Johnson currently holds the fourth-longest distance in the discus at 45.79 meters. Last year she placed fifth in the event.
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.