Grizzly men set six meet records at Butch Reynolds Invite

Grizzly men set six meet records at Butch Reynolds Invite

Hosting the second annual Butch Reynolds Invitational to open the 2015 outdoor track season, the Butler track and field team set six meet records and had a total of 11 first-place finishes Thursday at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.

Four of the meet records – including two national qualifying times – were set on the track.

The Butler men's 4x100-meter relay team of sophomores Edward Simmons, DeAndre Wade and freshman Jalen Gillie and Lamarion Arnold had a national qualifying time of 40.74 seconds, breaking last year's meet record of 41.89 seconds. Arnold also qualified for the outdoor national meet with a meet record time of 21.45 seconds in the men's 200-meter dash.

In the men's 400-meter dash, sophomore Donavan Ayers set a meet record crossing the finish line in 55.56 seconds, while sophomore Kennedy Chumba set a new mark in the men's 1,500-meter run with a time of 4.07.38 – besting former Grizzly Edwin Serem's 4:09.18 time last year.

Butler also set two meet records in the triple jump and long jump. Freshman Luis Aponte won the triple jump with a mark of 46' 5 ¼", edging out sophomore teammate Arsenije Savic by a half-foot. In the long jump, freshman Mikhail Micheaux took first with a meet record jump of 23' 3 ½". Micheaux, who placed sixth in the NJCAA Indoor Championships, narrowly beat freshman teammate Mohammed Abubakar by just a quarter of an inch.

The Grizzlies took the top four finishes in the men's long jump, with freshman Joshua Sharp (21' 10") and Aponte (21' 6 ¼") taking third and fourth, respectively.

Freshman sprinter Ona Giles had a pair of first-place finishes in the 200-meter dash (25.13 seconds) and 100-meter dash (12.61 seconds, while freshman vaulters Rachael Buzanowski (9' 6 ¾") and Danae Bina (9' ¼") placed first and second in the women's pole vault.

Other first-place winners for the men were sophomore Cody Frye in the 5,000-meter run (17:20.52) and the 4x400-meter relay team of sophomores Antonio McPherson, Ayers and freshman Ricky Grant and Theotis Johnson (3:24.58).

The Grizzlies also had seven runner-up finishes on the day, including the Butler 'B' men's squad in the 4x100-meter relay, as Grant, Johnson, Ayers and freshman Josh Sharp finished in 41.58 seconds. Other Grizzly individual men taking second were Wade (200-meter dash, 21.70 seconds), Aponte (400-meter dash, 49.36 seconds), Gillie (100-meter dash, 10.75 seconds) and McPherson (pole vault, 14' 1 ¼").

On the women's side, sophomores Hayley Ribordy (5,000-meter run, 20:59.67) and Hayley Flanigan (3,000-meter steeplechase, 13:30.67) took second at the invitational.

Butler had nine other top-five finishes at the meet, with two coming from freshman Kavan Mark in the men's javelin (167' 9", fourth) and hammer throw (114' 8", fifth). In the men's 1500-meter run, freshman Michael Sutcliffe (4:21.43) and sophomore Max Surmeier (4:24.66) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

For the men, Simmons (100-meter dash, 10.84) and freshman Shevon Blair (800-meter run, 1:57.83) placed third in their events, while sophomore Tricia Trupe took third in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase (13:41.44).

In the 400-meter dash, McPherson also took fourth in the men's race (51.22), while sophomore Sueshi-Ann Halliman (1:04.44) was fourth on the women's side.

Next up for Butler track will be the Texas Southern Relays held in Houston, Texas on March 20 and 21.