Aviators to host Butler Invite


Xenia Christian athlete to attempt Paralympic World Record in 1500 meter run

By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



Emily Luken runs a relay event at the Warrior Relays.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Noah Thompson runs a relay event at the Warrior Relays.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Grace Norman, a senior at Xenia Christian High School, will attempt to break the world para-athlete record in the 1500 meter run at the Butler Invitational on Saturday.


Xenia Daily Gazette File Photo | Civitas Media

VANDALIA — Fans of the Butler Aviators have lots of reasons to come out Saturday to the Butler Invitational Track and Field Meet at Memorial Stadium.

Athletes from dozens of schools in Southwest Ohio will be on hand and it looks as if the weather may cooperate as well.

“The weather is going to be beautiful and there will be a lot of excitement and activity,” said Butler boys track coach Greg Bergman. “There are some great runners who will be here, not just from Butler, but all across the area, so I’d love to see people come out and support their Aviators.

Field events begin at 10 a.m. with running events starting at 11.

If supporting the hometown Aviators wasn’t enough, spectators will have the opportunity to see something special.

Grace Norman, a senior at Xenia Christian, will attempt to break the world record in the 1500 meter run for para-athletes. This will be the first time Norman has run the race with competition. Her fastest time, 4:58.68, was set last summer in Indianapolis, but she was running by herself.

If she can best that time, she will be given credit by the International Paralympic Committee for holding the world record.

“She’s (Norman) a phenomenal athlete and its a huge honor for us to host it and for her to achieve it on our home turf here in Vandalia,” said Bergman.

Emily Luken runs a relay event at the Warrior Relays.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/04/web1_39.jpgEmily Luken runs a relay event at the Warrior Relays. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Noah Thompson runs a relay event at the Warrior Relays.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/04/web1_64.jpgNoah Thompson runs a relay event at the Warrior Relays. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Grace Norman, a senior at Xenia Christian High School, will attempt to break the world para-athlete record in the 1500 meter run at the Butler Invitational on Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/04/web1_NormanBellbrk.jpgGrace Norman, a senior at Xenia Christian High School, will attempt to break the world para-athlete record in the 1500 meter run at the Butler Invitational on Saturday. Xenia Daily Gazette File Photo | Civitas Media

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/04/web1_Kreill.jpgXenia Daily Gazette File Photo | Civitas Media
Xenia Christian athlete to attempt Paralympic World Record in 1500 meter run

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com