July 29, 2010

Butler Adds Track/Cross Country Talent For 2010-11

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Butler track and field/cross country coach Matt Roe re-stocked his men’s teams and added talent to his women’s squads with the addition of 13 track and cross country recruits for 2010-11.  The incoming class includes three national and four state champions!

Set to join the Bulldogs this fall are Callum Hawkins (Glasgow, Scotland/Griffe), Harry Ellis (Warrington, England/Helsby), Ross Clarke (Essex, England/The Chafford School), Thomas Brueggeman (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North), Ryan Rosebrough (Indianapolis/Speedway), Andrew Wallace (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills), Brad Magnetta (Naperville, Ill./Glenbard East), Craig Gundersen (Liverpool, England/Birmingham University, Pictured on front page), Matthew Proctor (Rochdale, England/Durham University), Jackson Carnes (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier), Billy Klimczak (Naperville, Ill./Nequa Valley), Bethany Werge (South Bend/South Bend Riley) and Becky Howarth (Wigan, England/Durham University).

Hawkins, a four-time Scottish cross country champion, led Great Britain to the 2009 European U20 Cross Country team title, while finishing 19th individually.  He won the European Youth 3000 meter championship in 2009, and he’s had 18 international appearances.  Ellis was the 2010 English School National Cross Country Champion and the 2010 Northern Athletics 3000 meter champion.  He recently represented Great Britain in the 2010 World Junior Track and Field Championship.  Clarke, South of England 1500 meter champion in 2009, placed sixth in the 1500 meter run at the 2009 British U23 Championships and 32nd at the 2008 English National Senior Men’s Cross Country Championships.

“Callum (Hawkins) and Harry (Ellis) are two of the top incoming prospects in the country and two of the most decorated freshman distance runners ever at Butler,” said Roe.  “Both have world championship experience and tremendous upsides in terms of physical ability.  Callum has a massive aerobic engine with the potential to be a force at the national level on the cross country course and in the longer distances.  Harry has tremendous speed and range, and based on his performances, is one of the best raw talents coming into the NCAA this year.  His upside is exciting.  Ross (Clarke) is a very lightly trained athlete with a ton of potential.  With time and development, he also has the tools to be a national level runner for us.  We feel very fortunate to have these three freshman in our program.”

Brueggeman, the Columbus North High School record-holder in the 100 meters and the 4X100 relay, was a state finalist in the 100 and 200 meters this past spring.  He wound up placing sixth in the 100 at the state championship.  Rosebrough, a three-sport athlete, placed third in the regional and 12th at the state championship in the 400 meter run this year.

“Thomas (Brueggeman) and Ryan (Rosebrough) are two of the better sprint prospects in Indiana this year,” added Roe.  “Both came to the sport relatively late after successful soccer careers.  Thomas is explosive out of the blocks and will be an immediate force at the conference level in the 60 meters indoors and in the 100 meters outdoors.  As he continues to improve his mechanics and strength, I can see him dropping his 200 times as well.  Ryan is a tremendous all-around athlete.  He will be an immediate asset on our relays and in the open 400 meters.  Coach (Darren) Gauson is doing a great job putting together a competitive spring group, and I am excited to see both of these young men develop under his guidance.”
    
Wallace led Cincinnati Hills to the Ohio 1A 4X800 state title in 2008 and placed third in the 800 meter run at the 2010 Ohio State Championship.  Magnetta ran on Glenbard East’s winning 4X800 relay team at the 2010 Illinois 3A State Championship and was a member of the state qualifying 4X400 relay team.

“I believe Andrew and Brad are two of the best “under-the-radar” middle distance prospects in the Midwest,” continued Roe.  “Both gladly gave up faster individual times and glory to win state relays titles for their respective schools.  They are team-oriented guys, each blessed with great raw foot speed, cross country running backgrounds, and the will to excel at the Division I level.  They will be immediate impact athletes in the league on the relays and in the middle distances.”

Gundersen won the British U23 5000 meters national championship in 2010, and he placed third in the 3000 meters at the English Schools National Championships in 2007.  Proctor placed 2nd in the 5000 meters at the 2010 British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Outdoor Championships and third in the 3000 meters at the 2010 BUCS Indoor Championships.

“Craig (Gundersen) and Matt (Proctor) will contribute right away for us on the cross country course and in the longer distances on the track,” said Roe.  “What I like most about these young men, outside of being great students and people, is how youthful they are both chronologically and in their running.  As graduate students, both are quite young at 21 years of age, and in terms of running, both have performed well off of relatively modest training.  As they continue to raise their training levels, they will really have an impact in our program.”

Carnes was the Kentucky 3A state champion at 3200 meters in 2009, and he placed third at the Kentucky 3A State Cross Country Championships in 2008.  Klimczak helped lead Nequa Valley to the Illinois 3A State Cross Country title and a No. 1 ranking in the Midwest in 2009.

“Jackson (Carnes) and Billy (Klimczak) give us more depth in cross country and in the distance events,” noted Roe.  “After winning an individual state title as a junior, Jackson missed most of his senior year with mononucleosis.  He has very nice potential the further out he races.  Billy is similar to Jackson as he is a pure distance runner.  He comes from an outstanding high school program at Nequa Valley and is very well prepared for the challenges of Division I running.”
    
Werge earned All-State honors last season, while placing 19th at the Indiana State Cross Country Meet.  She was a Sectional Cross Country champion, and she represented Indiana at the Mid-East Cross Country Meet of Champions in 2009.  Howarth placed tenth at the British University Cross Country Championship in 2010 and finished 21st at the British U20 National Cross Country Championships in 2009.

“Placed in the position to have such a large recruiting class last year, this (year’s class) is decidedly smaller in the distances for women,” stated Roe.  “I really like Bethany (Werge) and Becky (Howarth) as prospects for our program.  Bethany has trained mostly by herself and Becky is only in her second year of serious running.  They both have huge potential and will contribute immediately to our talented young group of women.”

Butler will open the 2010 cross country campaign on Friday, Sept. 3, at the Illini Challenge.  The women’s 4,000 meter race starts at 5 p.m. (ET), with the men’s 6,000 meter race following at 5:30 p.m.