Lennon Wicks, Maria Beitel Post Top Butler Finishes In Opening Meet

Aug. 31, 2002

Junior Lennon Wicks and freshman Maria Beitel turned in the top individual finishes for Butler at the Bulldogs' season-opening cross country meet held on the Butler campus course on Saturday, August 31. Butler and Ball State competed in the non-scoring dual meet.

Wicks paced Butler's men on the 6,400 meter course with a third place individual finish in 21:34.92. He came in behind Butler's Brian Dunn (21:12.79), who was competing as an unattached runner, and Ball State's Jesse Davis (21:30.95). Butler senior Chris Carson finished sixth in 22:08.70, followed by junior Phil Yoder in seventh place (22:27.78)and junior Matt Hussman in eighth place (22:29.18). Rounding out Butler's "Top 5" was senior Chris Studer in 10th place (22:35.53).

Other Butler finishers were senior Nick Karas in 11th place (22:39.07), junior Chester Bennett in 15th place (23:32.16), freshman Rick Mick in 16th place (23:55.95), and freshman Nathan Stopps in 17th place (24:49.91).

Beitel, running in her first Butler race, placed seventh in the 5,000 meter race in 19:17.29. Ball State claimed the top six finishes in the women's race, with senior Katie Nowak taking individual honors in 18:15.02.

Freshman Monica Behney was the second Butler runner to cross the finish line, placing eighth in 19:28.37. Butler's remaining runners were freshman Katie Stuckey in 10th place (19:36.34), junior Rholonda Ash in 14th place (20:02.04), freshman Brooke Carr in 16th place (20:47.42), senior Alison VanDerWege in 17th place (21:07.07), junior Danielle Ooten in 18th place (21:45.40), freshman Jessica Froshaug in 19th place (22:34.20) and freshman Sara Guimont in 20th place (24:41.16). Butler senior Bethany Gaskill competed as an unattached runner and finished 13th in 19:56.18.