Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay Claims Title at Washburn Rust Buster

Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay Claims Title at Washburn Rust Buster

TOPEKA, Kan. – Butler track and field competed at the Washburn University Rust Buster on Saturday afternoon in their third competition of the indoor season.

The Butler men finished sixth out of 23 teams with a score of 44, the second highest finishing NJCAA team. They placed behind Missouri Southern (72), Central Arkansas (58), Washburn (55.5), Fort Hays State (52) and Cloud County (45). The women's squad placed 13th out of 23 squads.


The men's 4x400m relay team comprised of Jonathan Farinha, Eddy Vu, Michael Thomas and Nathan Farinha claimed first place in the event, running 3:17.62 and winning the event over conference rivals Cloud County, Garden City and Cowley College among others.

Jonathan Farinha had a productive afternoon, also placing second in the men's 60m (6.83) and second in the men's 400m (48.74) to add to the first place 4x400m finish.

Nasia Lee came in third in the men's 60m hurdles (8.15) behind a runner from Missouri Southern and an unattached runner.

Deshon Jackson came in third in the high jump open, clearing 1.86m.

In the men's 200m, Eddy Vu finished seventh (22.03) while Andre Morrison came in 10th (22.25).

After Farinha in the 400m, Cameron Leiba came in sixth (49.52) and Thomas was right behind him in seventh (49.54). Avindale Smith rounded out the Grizzly runners in 14th (50.49).

Bennett Feldenkirchen had a strong performance in the 600y, placing fourth (1:13.64).

Adem Bouldjadj placed 11th in the men's mile (4:16.80) in a stacked field of 103 runners.


The women's 4x400m relay made up of Ala'Jah Brooks, Anurika Sinclair, Deslyne Cooper and Trishanie Warner came in second (4:03.26) behind Cloud County.

Warner placed fifth in the 400m (58.31) followed by Cooper (1:01.90) and Brooks (1:02.74).

Khloi Bird finished 15th in the women's mile (5:14.99) out of 104 runners. Bird also came in 19th in the 800m (2:24.89).


Butler will travel to Iowa City to participate in the University of Iowa's Black and Gold Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 27th.