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Record-breaking weekend for Xavier track and field

By Caleb Childers
On March 28, 2012

The Xavier track team traveled south last weekend to compete in the Alabama Relays. The Musketeers set a team record and had many big races. This meet had a considerably bigger field. "It's a bigger meet and we kind of like to go to a couple of meets like this during the year," head coach Dan Flaute said. The women's 4x400-meter relay team shattered a school record with senior Brittani Peltz, junior Rachel Clark, sophomore Susannah Shelley, and freshman Samantha Birchfield turned in a time of 3 minutes 56.37. Peltz added to the school record by winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.97.

Clark placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.82.

Not to be outdone by the relay runners, freshman Audrey Ramos placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:47.04. After finishing third in the 5,000-meter run last week, Ramos is continuing to have a successful freshman season. "Last week was good because it was a smaller low key meet, and it was a good place for them to debut," Flaute said. "Now they're being thrown to the wolves where it's easier to compete at a higher level." The women's team took the top three spots in the women's 5,000-meter run with sophomore Ashley Vincent leading the way with a time of 16:52.28. She was closely followed by sophomore Clare Fischer with a time of 16:59.49 and senior Caylin Howell with a time of 17:03.02. On the men's side, Senior Nick Williams continued his successful streak in the 100-meter dash. Williams placed seventh with a time of 10.72 in a very strong field and nearly breaking the school record

that he already holds. Freshman Connor Bucholz added to the freshman success at the meet with a fifth place finish in the 1,500-meter run in 4:02.34. The men's team got a win at the meet from sophomore Tom Ohlman who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:09.99. Ohlman won the race by 16 seconds. Next week the team is competing in the Oliver Nikoloff Meet at the University of Cincinnati.

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