Butler Sweeps Horizon League Cross Country Titles
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Senior Kris Gauson and sophomore Kirsty Legg captured individual titles and Butler swept the men's and women's team crowns at the 2010 Horizon League Cross Country Championship, hosted by Loyola at Montrose Beach Harbor Park on Saturday, Oct. 30. It was the 13th consecutive championship for Butler's men, while the Butler women captured the title for the eighth time in nine years.
Gauson edged teammate Ross Clarke to claim the men's title. He finished the 8K course in 24:20.57, three seconds ahead of Clarke (24:23.78) in the runner-up spot. Freshman Callum Hawkins crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time of 24:37.49, while senior Tom Boardman came in sixth in 24:40.76.
Brothers Madison (25:05.67) and Justin Roeder (25:13.49) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, and junior Matt Proctor (25:18.25) came in tenth to round out Butler's top seven. The Bulldogs finished with a team total of 22 points, well ahead of runner-up Loyola with 69.
Legg and sophomore Katie Clark locked up in a two-way battle for the women's individual title, with Legg edging her teammate by two seconds. She posted a winning time of 17:17.12, while Clark, runner-up for the second consecutive year, finished in 17:19.17.
Four other Butler runners placed among the "Top 10" individuals. Junior Lauren Haberkorn finished third on the team and fourth overall in 17:56.01, senior Marbeth Shiell placed fifth in 17:56.82, and sophomore Lauren McKillop, last year's individual champ, came in sixth in 18:09.63. Sophomore Kaitlyn Love finished eighth overall in 18:25.03, Butler's sixth runner in the "Top 10."
Senior Rosie Edwards, who placed 14th in 18:55.74, was Butler's seventh runner.
The Bulldogs were just three points off a perfect score, finishing with a team total of 18 points. Loyola finished runner-up with 78.
Gauson, Clarke, Hawkins and Boardman each were named first team All-Horizon League after the meet, while Madison Roeder, Justin Roeder and Proctor each were selected second All-League. Legg, Clark, Haberkorn, Shiell and McKillop earned first team All-League honors after the women's race, while Love and Edwards were second team picks.
Butler head coach Matt Roe was named Coach of the Year for both men and women, and Clarke was chosen as the men's Newcomer of the Year.
The Bulldogs will have a brief break from competition before returning to action at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet in Rochester, Mich., on Nov. 13.