September 18, 2009

Bulldogs Shine At Indiana Intercollegiates

Men's Big State Results     Women's Big State Results

Senior Rob Mullett captured an individual title and freshman Katie Clark raced to a fifth place finish to lead Butler’s cross country squad to a pair of “Top 5” team finishes at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet, hosted by Indiana State University on Friday (Sept. 18).  Butler placed third in the women’s race and fourth in the men’s competition in the state meet.

Mullett, running on the course that will host the NCAA Division I Championship in November, out-raced the field to place first in 24:45.  He nipped Andrew Poore of Indiana by a second in the men’s 8K race.

Butler also picked up a “Top 10” individual finish from junior Madison Roeder, who came in seventh in 25:06.  Junior Matt Lawder was the third Butler runner across the finish line, coming in 20th overall in 26:01.  Senior Steve Lisgo placed 45th in 27:06, senior Taylor Eaton was 46th in 27:07 and freshman Kevin Oblinger was 47th in 27:12.

Indiana won the men’s team title with 20 points, while Indiana State was second with 55.  Purdue scored 100 points and Butler finished with 119.  The Bulldogs were competing without several of their top runners, including two-time All-American Andy Baker.

Clark ran with the front pack and finished the women’s 5K race in 17:45, 17 seconds behind individual champ Alison Bishel of Ball State.  Freshman Kirsti Legg finished 12th in the race in 18:41, followed by junior Rosie Edwards in 23rd place in 19:06.  Freshman Shelbi Burnette was the fourth Butler runner across the finish line, placing 30th in 19:17, while senior Whitney Turner came in 32nd in 19:19.

Rounding out Butler’s “Top 7” in the competition were senior Sara Bird, who placed 35th in 19:25, and freshman Kaitlyn Love, who came in 36th in 19:29.

Indiana also captured the women’s title with 47 points, five ahead of runner-up Purdue.  The Bulldogs finished with 102 points.

Butler also had several competitors in the men’s and women’s open races.  Sophomore Lauren Haberkorn came in sixth in the women’s open race in 19:25, while sophomore Bonnie Kaminsky finished 11th in 20:11.  Junior Mary Andorfer placed 17th in 21:02, senior Eric Hunt was 31st in 22:03, senior Ashley Dick finished 35th in 22:19 and freshman Kelsey Neal wound up 48th in 23:01.

In the men’s open race, sophomore Orion Wenrich finished 23rd in 28:36, freshman Craig Jordan placed 32nd in 29:10 and freshman Derek Groves came in 78th in 32:24.