Xavier track and field impresses in Indiana invitationals

By: Nick McGill ~Staff Writer~

After competing in the Mastodon Duals at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Jan. 25, the Musketeers travelled back to Indiana this past weekend to compete in the Indiana University (IU) Relays in Bloomington and the IPFW invitational in Fort Wayne.

Reigning Big East Field Athlete of the Week senior Craig Krcal posted another impressive mark for the pole vault with a height of 4.5 meters. The height is the third highest mark so far in the Big East.

The IU Relays consisted of top programs from around the country including Notre Dame, Alabama, Louisville and Indiana.

Other top performers on the men’s side were junior Corey Zielinski who posted a personal record in the 3000m with a time of 8:42.98.

Senior Tom Ohlman continued Xavier’s impressive streak by finishing eighth in the mile with a time of 4:15.96.

For the women, senior Adrija Taraska tossed a distance of 12.62 meters in the shot put, which ranks her fifth in the shot put in the Big East.

The following day at the IPFW invitational, many Xavier athletes placed well in their events and set personal records.

Junior Connor Buchholz, freshman Matthew Bryant and junior Ryan Konstanzer each won their events in the 800m, long jump and 400m respectively.

For the women’s team, sophomore Onya Edwards won the long jump and senior Jessica Albers won the 3000m with a time of 10:34.53.

On Friday and Saturday, the Musketeers will travel to the University of Indianapolis to compete in the UIndy Relays to continue their good form.

These two weekends of back-to-back competition will give the Musketeers valuable experience in competing on consecutive days as they prepare to compete on back-to-back days of the Big East Championships.