March 2, 2008
Junior Andy Baker, competing in his first league track championship, was named the Most Outstanding Male Runner at the 2008 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship, which wrapped up at the Kent State University Field House on Sunday (March 2). Butler placed third in the women's competition and fourth in the men's field.
Baker captured four league titles at the two-day event. He won the men's 5,000 meter run in 15:06.07 on Saturday and then came back to capture the men's mile (4:14.15) and the men's 3,000 meter run (8:30.59) on Sunday. The Butler standout also ran the anchor leg on the Bulldogs' winning Distance Medley Relay (10:05.88). Joining Baker on the relay team were junior Tommy Davies, junior Tyler Kos and senior Chris Smith.
Butler also picked up three titles in the women's competition. Senior Genni Gardner turned in one of the meet's most impressive performances on the final day with a first place finish in the women's mile run in a league-record time of 4:55.81. She broke the mark of 4:56.45, set by Butler's Mary Reeves in 2000.
Senior Claire Holme captured Butler's other individual title with a win in the women's 3,000 meter run in 10:09.78. She also ran the anchor leg on Butler's winning women's distance medley relay team. She teammed with senior Isabelle Stoate, sophomore Jessica Langsdon and senior Aubrey Smith to post a winning time of 12:16.18.
Butler swept the top three spots in the women's mile run, behind Gardner, Holme and Stoate, and three of the top four positions in the women's 3,000 meter run. Sophomore Rachel Gibbs came in third in the event, while Gardner was fourth. Sophomore Marbeth Shiell finished sixth in the race.
Stoate also added a third place finish in the women's 800 meter run in 2:15.56, after finishing first in the event prelims. Gibbs finished second in the women's 5,000 meter run in 17:31.89, while senior Sarah Kemple was fifth in 18:01.52. Shiell came in seventh in 18:13.63. Gardner added a seventh place finish in the women's 800.
Other top finishes by Butler's women were turned in by senior Kristi Hertzler, who placed seventh in the women's 60 meter hurdles, sophomore Rachel Jusczcak, who finished fifth in the women's high jump, and junior Amanda Zolman, who was sixth in the high jump.
In the men's competition, Butler captured three of the top four spots in both the 3,000 meter run and the 5,000 meter run. Davies finished second (8:31.60) behind Baker in the 3,000, while senior Kent Wories came in fourth (8:40.29). Wories also placed third in the 5,000 (15:32.14), while freshman Matt Lawder was fourth (15:33.31).
Davies also placed fourth in the men's mile run in 4:16.93.
Milwaukee won the men's team title, while host Youngstown State captured the women's crown.