Madison Roeder, Andy Baker Earn NCAA Bids

Andy Baker Interview

Butler’s duo of Madison Roeder and Andy Baker, who posted “Top 10” individual finishes at the Great Lakes Regional Meet, have been selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championship on Nov. 23.  The two were among 38 individuals chosen through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process.

Roeder, a junior from Fishers (Hamilton Southeastern High School), will be competing in the NCAA Championship for the second straight year.  He placed 190th at last year’s national meet, while competing as one of seven Butler team runners.  The third-year runner paced the Bulldogs at this year’s Great Lakes Regional Meet with a seventh place finish in 31:13.92.  He missed a “Top Five” individual finish by less than a second.

Baker, a senior from Minehead, United Kingdom, will be bidding for a third consecutive All-America certificate.  He placed 28th at the national meet in 2007 and then finished 40th overall (33rd team place) at last year’s meet.  Baker, who placed eighth at the Great Lakes Regional Meet in 31:19.52, has won three consecutive Horizon League individual championships.   

The 2009 NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championship will be hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute.  The men’s race will begin at 12:08 p.m (ET).