Aces athletics ends the Gibson Invitational with a podium finish

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Freshman Nicole Prauchner earned her second podium finish of the outdoor season on the final day of the Gibson Invitational for the University of Evansville track and field team.

Six Purple Aces set personal records Saturday in Terre Haute on the final day of the Gibson Invitational, hosted by Indiana State. Prauchner had the best finish of the day for UE, taking first in the women’s 1500 meters with a PR of 4:34.40. Teammate Kalina Urbaniak (Suchy Las, Poland) was close behind in fourth with a time of 4:37.57, while Avery Stephens set a PR of 5:16.66 in the event.

Evansville also had a top five finish in the men’s 1500 meter race as freshman Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) placed fourth with a PR of 3:52.08. Several Aces achieved PRs or high finishes in the 1500m race as Tommaso Losma (Lombardia, Italy) finished ninth with a time of 3:57.38, while Samuel Lea (Worchester, England) set a PR of 4:00.10.

Junior Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minnesota / Central HS) also set a season record in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:01.53. Oulgout also ran a seasonal best in the men’s 800 meters of 1:55.75 for 12e place. Also in the 800 meter race, freshman Jakub Nowicki (Poznan, Poland) finished 19e with a time of 1:57.95.

UE’s other top five finish on Saturday was in the women’s 800m race for freshman Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway), who finished fourth with a time of 2:13.67. Evansville’s final PRs both came from sophomore Jose Ocampo (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico), who set two personal bests in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter race with times of 11.08 and 51.71. The Aces also had two runners compete in the hurdles, sophomore Kate Walke (Batesville, Ind. / Oldenburg Academy) in the women’s 100 meter hurdles at 15.59 seconds and freshman Woody Burrell (Ceaderburg, Wis. / Ceaderburg HS) in the 400-meter hurdles in 58.40 seconds for 16e place.

In the field, UE competed in two events on Saturday, the men’s shot put and the women’s discus. Evansville saw its best results in the men’s shot put as graduate throwers Jaden Hayes (Huntingburg, Ind. / Southridge HS) and Zach Dove (Princeton, Ind. / Princeton Community HS) finished in 12th placee and 13e with the best throws of the season of 14.69 and 14.67 meters. The only Aces women’s thrower on the day was senior Brooke Springer (Henderson, Ky. / Henderson Community HS) with a discus throw of 33.71 meters.

UE’s men finished 14the out of 24 teams with a final score of 10 points at the Gibson Invitational. While the Evansville women finished elevene of 20 teams with 20 points.
The Aces will be back in action next weekend during the Outdoor Music City Challenge, hosted by Vanderbilt on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. UE will also compete in the Rick Erdmann Twilight meet hosted by Eastern Kentucky on April 27.