Sept. 8, 2002
Senior Brad Bennett, running in his first race this season, placed fourth in the final individual standings to lead the Butler men's cross country team at the inaugural Great American Legends meet hosted by Purdue on Saturday, Sept. 7. Butler's men's and women's cross country teams both participated in the non-scoring meet held at Purdue's Varsity Cross Country Course.
Bennett, who did not run in Butler's opening meet against Ball State, finished the 8K race at Purdue in 25:25. The Butler senior was 12 seconds behind third place finisher Bill Jason of Illinois and 14 seconds ahead of fifth place finisher David Rae of Purdue. The Boilermakers' Kyle Orender captured individual honors with a final time of 25:06 under hot and sunny conditions.
Also grabbing a "Top 25" finish for the Bulldogs was junior Lennon Wicks, who placed 13th in 26:12. Senior Chris Carson came in 31st in 27:23, sophomore Bill Peterman was 35th in 27:37 and senior Nick Karas finished 44th in 27:59. Nearly 100 runners from nine school participated in the men's competition.
Leading Butler in the women's 6K race was freshman Maria Beitel. The first-year runner from Powell, Ohio, placed 33rd overall in 24:54. Freshman Monica Behney was the second Butler runner to cross the finish line, placing 41st in 25:11.
Rounding out Butler's top five finishers were sophomore Monika Schneider, who finished 44th in 25:15, freshman Katie Stuckey, who came in 56th in 25:44, and junior Rholonda Ash, who placed 60th in 25:51. The women's competition included eight teams and close to 100 runners.
Butler's cross country teams will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet, hosted by Indiana University.
GREAT AMERICAN LEGENDS MEET
Butler Men: 4. Brad Bennett (25:25), 13. Lennon Wicks (26:12), 31. Chris Carson (27:23), 35. Bill Peterman (27:37), 44. Nick Karas (27:59), 51. Matt Hussman (28:29), 53. Chester Bennett (28:44), 69. Rick Mick (30:37), 72. Nathan Stopps (31:27).
Butler Women: 33. Maria Beitel (24:54), 41. Monica Behney (25:11), 44. Monika Schneider (25:15), 56. Katie Stuckey (25:44), 60. Rholonda Ash (25:51), 63. Bethany Gaskill (25:57), 64. Brooke Carr (26:02), 83. Danielle Ooten (27:19), 88. Jessica Froshaug (27:44).