XU indoor track excels
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 00:01
The men’s and women’s track and field teams returned home after their first meet of 2013 at the Gladstein Invite hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Seven Musketeers finished in the Top 10 overall and eight achieved new personal records. The men were led by three sixth place finishes, and se- nior David Gibson earned a career-best in the long jump with an average distance of 6.79 meters. Junior Nick Kobunski also recorded a personal best in the 800 meter with a time of 1:57.80, and junior Tom Ohlman recorded a new per- sonal best in the 3000 meter with a time of 8:24.94. The women’s side also had a number of big finish- ers. They were led by junior Madison Riethman, who earned a personal record in the 800 meter with an eighth- place finish with a time of 2:18.26. Junior Anna Ahlrichs beat her personal best time in the 800 meter with a time of 2:22.51 and freshman Christine Lucas finished her second collegiate race with a time of 1:01.94 in the 400 meter dash. Freshman Mercedes Oliver contributed a personal record in her first shot put throw as a freshman with a distance of 12.47 meters. The Musketeers had other notable finishers from the men at the Gladstein Invite. Junior Spencer Liechty took ten seconds off his per- sonal best in the 5000 meter and placed 12th overall with a time of 15:45.51. Sophomore Nick Bartram also punched in a personal best in the 600 meter dash with a time of 1:32.16. The women that went home with career days un- der their belt included junior Chelsea Hoffmaster, who outran her indoor personal best by 33 seconds in the 5000 meter run with a time of 18:06.78. Junior Clare Fischer notched a career-record time of 9:57.75 in the 3000 me- ter run, and her sister Abby Fischer ran the same race with a career-record time of 10:01.77. The Xavier Musketeers will travel to Bloomington for the second time as they will participate in the Indiana Relays on Jan. 25 and 26.