Butler turned in strong performances in both the men's and women's competitions at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Meet in Madison, Wis., on Friday (Nov. 15), and the effort resulted in one automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship.
Both Butler teams finished in the top six at the regional meet at the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course. Butler's women finished runner-up in a 33-team field and earned a berth in the national meet. The Butler men placed sixth of 31 teams, trailing four Big Ten teams and Notre Dame.
With a handful of stellar performances, the Butler women assured themselves of a trip to the NCAA Meet in Terre Haute. Senior All-American Katie Clark led the team with a fourth-place individual finish in a time of 20:19. She was followed by junior Mara Olson, who clocked 20:33 on the 6K course for ninth place.
Freshman Lauren Wood, who made her Butler debut at the Big East Conference Championship, was the third runner for Butler and finished fifteenth overall with a time of 20:42. Wood was the third freshman finisher in the meet.
Junior Olivia Pratt was just steps behind Wood in 20:43, good for sixteenth place. Senior Kirsty Legg rounded out the top five in twenty-third place with a time of 20:58.
The women's team scored 67 points, 19 points behind team champ Michigan. Michigan State was third with 73 and Notre Dame was fourth with 134. Ohio senior Juli Accurso won the individual title with a time of 20 minutes flat.
Butler's men kept their hopes alive for an at-large bid to the national meet with a solid finish in a strong field. Junior Tom Curr led the Bulldogs and qualified as an individual with a sixteenth place finish in 30:43. Sophomore Erik Peterson put himself in contention for nationals after clocking 30:48 and finishing eighteenth.
Junior Harry Ellis, in his second race after returning from a calf strain, finished in thirty-eighth place with a time of 31:25. Senior Tom Anderson clocked 31:32 for forty-second, while sophomore James Martin completed the list of scorers with a fifty-second place finish in a time of 31:45.
The men took sixth place as a team with a score of 163. Michigan won the team title with a score of 70, while Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Indiana scored 73, 74, and 75, respectively, for third through fifth place. Indiana State sophomore John Mascari won the individual title with a time of 30:05.
The NCAA Division I National Championships will be held by Indiana State University on Saturday, November 23, at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
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