Butler Men Place Third At Great American Cross Country Festival

Sept. 27, 2002

Senior Marty Fedmowski posted a fifth place individual finish and helped the Butler men's cross country squad to a third place team finish at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 27. The Butler women's team came in 20th in the meet that featured some of the top distance squads in the nation!

Head coach Joe Franklin entered his top individuals for the first time this season, and the No. 25 ranked Bulldogs caused a stir in the nationally-prominent meet. Butler finished just four points behind No. 8 ranked Georgetown, while placing ahead of No. 7 ranked North Carolina State, No. 17 ranked Colorado State and No. 18 ranked Duke. Northern Arizona, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, won the 25-team meet.

Fedmowski challenged for the top spot in the 8K race, before settling for fifth place in 26:35.4. He finished two seconds behind Seth Watkins of Northern Arizona in fourth place. The competition was the first of the season for Fedmowski, the defending Horizon League champion.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for the Bulldogs was junior Steve Vernon, a newcomer from Cheshire, U.K. Competing in a Butler uniform for the first time, Vernon came in ninth overall in 26:49.6. Also placing in the "Top 20" for the Bulldogs was senior Mark Tucker, who came in 15th in 26:59.6.

Rounding out Butler's top seven individuals were senior Brad Bennett, who placed 37th in 27:27, junior Brian Dunn, who came in 43rd in 27:34.2, newcomer Gary Blackman, who finished 60th in 27:50, and junior Lennon Wicks, who wound up 98th in 28:32.2.

Butler's women's squad was paced by senior Amber Gascoigne, who came in 40th in the 5K race in 19:28.1. Newcomer Becky Lyne, running her first race for the Bulldogs, finished 79th in 19:58.8.

Franklin's remaining five runners formed a solid pack and all placed between 131 and 163 in the final individual standings. Senior Kelly Moring came in at 131 in 20:57, while freshman Maria Beitel was six places back with a time of 21:03.6. Freshman Katie Stuckey finished 142nd in 21:08.6, sophomore Monika Schneider came in 144th in 21:12.8 and senior Lissa Vogley wound up 163rd in 21:55.7.

Nationally-ranked Brigham Young won the 26-team women's race.