Bulldogs Head To Great Lakes Regional

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The Butler men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete with other teams from the Midwest for a berth in the NCAA national meet when they run in the 2011 Great Lakes Region championship on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Ottawa Park in Toledo, Ohio.  The men’s 10K race will begin at noon (ET), followed by the women’s 6K race at 1:15 p.m.

Butler will be one of 31 teams competing in the men’s race and one of 34 squads entered in the women’s competition.  The men’s race includes four nationally-ranked teams, led by No. 1 Wisconsin.  The women’s race also includes four nationally-ranked squads.

Competing for the Bulldogs in the men’s race will be junior Kevin Oblinger, sophomores Ross Clarke and Callum Hawkins, and freshmen Harry Ellis, Tom Curr, James Martin and Kodi Mullins.  Freshman David Ford also is making the trip as an alternate.

The Butler women’s team features seniors Becky Howarth and Lauren Haberkorn, juniors Shelbi Burnett, Alyson Fosnot and Kaitlyn Love and freshmen Mara Olson and Erica Carlson.  Freshman Chelsea Stephan will be the team’s alternate.    

The Bulldogs are coming off a sweep of the Horizon League men’s and women’s cross country championships.  Butler’s men won the league title for the 14th time, while Butler’s women won their 13th conference crown.  Hawkins captured the men’s individual title, while Burnett won the women’s individual championship.

Butler’s men placed sixth at the Great Lakes Region championship a year ago, while Butler’s women came in 11th.

The NCAA national championship will be held in Terre Haute on Monday, Nov. 21.