School records fall at Big East track meet

By: Isabel Smith ~Staff Writer~

Photo courtesy of | Polk (left) celebrates with Platt (right).

Xavier concluded its indoor track season at the 2017 Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday. Prior to the meet, the Musketeers were looking forward to the championships and ready to perform.

Earlier in the week, senior Josh Phelan shared his anticipation and determination.

“We’ve broken 15 school records this indoor season and at least one every single meet we have gone to,” Phelan said. “We are hoping to continue that trend.”

On the women’s side, junior Karmen Auble was also looking forward to competing.

“Our team looks great going into this conference meet,” Auble said. “Everyone has an awesome mindset, and big things are to come.”

The Musketeers did not disappoint. The team set seven school records throughout the course of the meet.

Senior Russell Platt earned his rightful place on the podium. Platt won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes and placed second in the high jump. He was the Men’s High Point Performer of the Meet, contributing 28 points.

Junior Zachary Polk won the long jump, placed third in the 60-meter dash and placed fifth in the 200-meter dash. Polk’s long jump distance of 7.29 established a school record. Senior Grant Parelli, junior Nolan Daniels, sophomore Chris Taylor and senior Dimitrious Dimitroff also posted top-10 finishes. Parelli’s time of 4:11.17 in the one-mile run set a school record.

The men placed sixth overall with 74 points.

The women’s team had eight top-10 finishes. Sophomore Kara Robinson placed third in the 60-meter hurdles, setting a school record with a time of 8.84. Junior Karmen Auble set a school record with her fifth place finish in the pentathlon with 2,907 points. Senior Brenna McGrath, Robinson, freshman Sheridan Davenport and senior Sydney Larkin earned their place in the Xavier record books for the 4×400 with a time of 3:55.17. Senior Victoria Chiller established a school record in the 800-meter run with 2.14.04.