Butler Men And Women Place 13th In North Carolina Race

Sept. 27, 2003

Butler cross country coach Joe Franklin unveiled his complete men's and women's teams for the first time this season and both squads turned in a solid performance against some elite competition at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, N.C., on Friday night (Sept. 26). Butler's men finished 13th in a 22-team field, while the Butler women's team placed 13th of 15.

Junior Olly Laws, running his first race for the Bulldogs, paced the Butler men with a 31st place finish. He covered the 8K Race of Champions in 26:26.9. Senior Bart Phariss, also making his Butler debut, finished 53rd in 27:01.4. The top five runners for the Bulldogs were all competing in a Butler uniform for the first time.

Butler's women were led by junior Monika Schneider, who finished 42nd in the women's 5K Race of Champions. She covered the distance in 19:07.7. Senior Mary Reeves came in 66th in 19:52.2, while sophomore Lauren Brentano finished 69th in 19:56.8.

Northern Arizona won the men's race with a team score of 114, while Central Michigan finished second with 122. North Carolina State captured the women's title with a score of 45 points, while North Carolina finished second with 55 points.

BUTLER MEN'S RESULTS (8K): 31. Olly Laws, 26:26.9; 53. Bart Phariss, 27:01.4; 56. Andy Sherman, 27:05.9; 66. Nick Goodliffe, 27:17.8; 78. John Frazer, 27:29.6; 106. Gary Blackman, 28:05.0; 130. Bill Peterman, 28:48.7.

BUTLER WOMEN'S RESULTS (5K): 42. Monika Schneider, 19:07.7; 66. Mary Reeves, 19:52.2; 69. Lauren Brentano, 19:56.8; 77. Monica Behney, 20:07.5; 81. Katie Stuckey, 20:16.8; 95. Kara Henry, 21:07.4.