Track And Field Opens Its Season This Weekend
Dec. 8, 2011
CINCINNATI - The 2011-12 version of the Xavier track and field teams debut this weekend as the teams travel to the Golden Flash Gala for their first event of the season.
Last year was a strong season for the Musketeers who were led by returnees seniors Emily Tyler, Nick Williams, and Brittani Peltz. Last season under first-year head coach Dan FlauteXavier had six individuals win Atlantic 10 Conference medalist honors, tying the 2009 mark for most medals during an indoor and outdoor season. Additionally, the men's team finished with its best ever point total and finish at the 2011 A-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Brittani Peltzenters her final season for the Musketeers as one of the top sprinters in the program's short history. The senior's season was cut short last year due to injury, but not before she enjoyed her most successful indoor conference meet, placing second in the 400-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Returning stronger than ever, Peltz has a chance at improving on the six individual and six relay school records she holds going into the year.
On the heels of her performance last season senior Emily Tyleris favored to be one of the top runners in several sprint events for the Musketeers this season. Tyler set seven school records last season and took home medals in the 55-meter dash at the indoor conference meet, and 100-meter hurdles at the outdoor conference meet.
Dual-sport athlete redshirt senior Sabrina Johnsonlooks to improve upon her performance in the discus. Johnson is currently playing for the Xavier women's basketball team and will join the track and field team once that season is complete. Last year she went on to toss a school-record 45.79 meters in just her second meet.
The sprinters are the largest group returning for the women's team this season, and will include many athletes who were hitting personal records towards the end of the respective indoor and outdoor seasons. The junior duo of Marikka Joseph and Annie Lennon headline the group, which also includes sophomores Megan Montalvo and Susannah Shelley. Senior Kelsey Erlenbaugh holds down the middle distance, while classmate Nia Williams is the top returning jumper. Adrija Taraskawill look to make further improvements in the shot put and discus during her sophomore year.
One of the more memorable moments from last season was senior Nick Williamsdive across the finish line in the 100-meter dash at the A-10 Outdoor Championship. The team's most versatile athlete, Williams is capable of scoring in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes along with relays. He holds nine individual and three relay school records, and looks to continue his two-year streak as the team's top scorer at the indoor and outdoor conference championships.
Sophomore Craig Krcal, the first dedicated pole vaulter in school history, made tremendous strides during his first year at Xavier setting indoor and outdoor school records. The Cleveland native scored points in both the indoor and outdoor conference meets and comes into the season hungry for more points.
The men's top hurdler, sophomore Evan Betts, returns for the Musketeers after setting school records in three events last season. He narrowly missed the cut for the outdoor conference finals of the 110-meter hurdles and expects to be a big scorer this season.
Additional returnees for the Musketeers include junior David Gibson and sophomore Isaiah Glover who will be participating in the jumps, sprints and relays. Junior Ben Rumbaugh, and seniors Brian Armstrong and Kurtis Polacek also join the core of returners for the men's team. Expect distance runners Ohlman and Albrektson to contribute to the distance track events.