By: Isabel Smith ~Staff Writer~
The Xavier men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in two weekend events during the indoor season thus far, taking down several school records in the process: the University of Findlay’s Oiler Opener in December and the two day indoor event at the Kentucky Invitational, Jan. 16-17. The Oiler Opener marked the start of the indoor track and field season. Zachary Polk set the new school record in the long jump, winning with a distance of 6.97 meters and placed second in the 60-meter dash.
Freshman Nolan Daniels secured the 600-meter race with a school record time of 1:21.30, which beat the previous record by 2.45 seconds. Freshman Carter Macey won the mile run in 4:39, while freshman William Becker placed second in the 3000-meter run.
For the women’s team, Karmen Auble placed first in the pole vault with a school record height of 3.49 meters. Junior Kaitlyn Crean finished third in the high jump with a school record jump of 1.57 meters. Junior Emily Wolery won
the mile run for the Musketeers while sophomore Sydney Larkin finished second in the 800-meter. During the Kentucky Invitational, teams broke three
school records in the 60- and 200-meter dashes and the weight throw during the event and tied another in the long jump. Individually, the team set 10 personal records. For the men, Polk tied his record-setting jump, placing him
fifth in the invitational and also finished ninth in the 200-meter dash.
The distance medley relay team placed sixth in its event, while the hosts won the event in 9:57.62, which is now the fastest time in the nation.
Senior Connor Buchholz placed fifth in the 800 meter race, posting a time of 1:55.77. For the women, freshman Margaret Barrie set two school records in the 60-meter and 200-meter sprints.
Junior Mercedes Oliver placed 13th in the weight throw, and broke her previous record distance by three feet.
The women’s medley team, consisting of Barrie, junior Caterina Karas, sophomore Haley Jerabek and redshirt freshman Meghan Vogel also placed fifth in its event.
Senior distance runner Audrey Ramos finished seventh out of 48 participants in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:09. Jerabek placed 11th in the mile run with a time of 5:14.