September 17, 2010

Butler Women Second, Men Fourth At Indiana Intercollegiates

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. -- Senior Marbeth Shiell and junior Craig Gundersen each captured fourth place individually and the two led Butler to a pair of “Top 5” team finishes at the 71st Annual Indiana Intercollegiate Meet on Friday (Sept. 17).  The Butler women placed second, while Butler’s men finished fourth in the team standings.

Shiell completed the women’s 5K race on the Purdue Varsity Cross Country Course in 17:45.70.  She was eight seconds behind individual champ Chelsea Blanchard of Indiana and three seconds behind third place finisher Alison Bishel of Ball State.

The Bulldogs had three other runners finish among the top 12 individuals.  Junior Becky Howarth came in seventh in 17:54.50, junior Lauren Haberkorn was 10th in 18:01.40 and sophomore Katie Clark finished 12th in 18:08.10.  Sophomore Kaitlyn Love was Butler’s fifth runner, finishing 22nd in 18:40.50.

Other Butler runners were sophomore Nicole Humphrey (47th in 19:15.70), senior Rosie Edwards (48th in 19:19.50) and sophomore Karleen Ritchie (73rd in 20:05.50).

Gundersen paced Butler’s men with a time of 24:52.40 for the 8K layout.  He was just five seconds behind third place finisher Charles White of Purdue.  Ben Hubers of Indiana won the men’s race in 24:33.70.

Kris Gauson, in his final Butler season, and junior Matt Proctor crossed the finish line nearly in tandem, taking 16th and 17th places respectively.  Gauson posted a time of 25:32.10, while Proctor finished in 25:33.30.

Sophomore Kevin Oblinger came in 24th in 26:02.40, while senior Matt Lawder finished 35th in 26:28.20.  Rounding out Butler’s lineup were senior Taylor Eaton (38th in 26:33.60), freshman Jackson Carnes (51st in 26:52.60) and freshman Billy Klimczak (104th in 28:14.60).

Indiana won both the men’s and women’s team championships.  Purdue was second and Indiana State third in the men’s race.