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Gary Blackman won two individual events on the first day of the Horizon League Track and Field Championship.
 
Gary Blackman won two individual events on the first day of the Horizon League Track and Field Championship.
 
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Butler Men, Women Second At Horizon League Championship

May 8, 2003

Results

Senior Gary Blackman won two individual titles and sophomore Monika Schneider set a league record in the steeplechase to spark Butler on the first day of the 2003 Horizon League Track and Field Championship at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 8. Butler's men and women both stood second after the opening day of the two-day competition.

Blackman opened the league meet in blazing fashion, winning the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase in a conference record 8:57.29. He broke the previous league mark of 9:03.40, set by his former teammate, Richard Vint, last year. Blackman then pulled off a stunning double by winning the 10,000 meter run in 31:10.58!

The Bulldogs claimed three of the top six spots in the men's 10,000 meter run. Junior Lennon Wicks finished runner-up in the event in 31:19.66, while sophomore Bill Peterman came in sixth in 31:38.07.

Schneider won the women's 3000 meter steeplechase in a league record 10:40.44. She finished just ahead of teammate Bethany Gaskill, who placed runner-up in 10:51.72. Senior Lois Bowles, who led the race into the final lap, finished fifth in 11:33.89. Bowles set the previous league record of 10:54.34 in 2001.

Senior Lissa Vogley also turned in a stellar performance while winning the women's 10,000 meter run in 36:54.06. She ran the entire race in the rain and recorded the third-fastest women's 10,000 meter time in league history.

Sophomore Rob Hartman claimed a runner-up finish in the javelin with a throw of 163-02, while sophomore Corey Norman placed third in the pole vault with a leap of 13-05.5. Freshman Mitch Briggs came in sixth in the men's long jump with a leap of 20-10.50, while senior Eric Michielutti placed sixth in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 142-01.

Detroit leads the men's competition after the first day of action, while UW-Milwaukee tops the women's standings.