Oct. 3, 2008
Senior Andy Baker turned in a "Top 15" individual finish and Butler placed fifth in the men's Blue Division race at the 53rd Notre Dame Invitational cross country meet, held on the Notre Dame Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 3. Butler's women placed 15th in the women's Gold Division race.
Butler's men turned in one of the surprise performances of the meet, which attracted top teams from across the nation. Unranked heading into the 25-team race, the Bulldogs finished ahead of #8-ranked Michigan, #27-ranked Notre Dame and #29-ranked New Mexico, coached by former Butler coach Joe Franklin. Only #26 Florida State, Tulsa, #28 Texas A & M and #19 Providence finished ahead of the Bulldogs. Butler placed ahead of seven teams that were ranked higher than the Bulldogs (#15) in the Great Lakes Region!
Baker, competing for the first time this fall, set the pace with an 11th place individual finish in 23:57. The returning All-American missed a "Top 10" finish by just four seconds and trailed individual champ Samuel Kosgei of Lamar by just 25 seconds.
Junior Rob Mullett placed 31st in the meet in 24:23, while senior Tommy Davies, also running for the first time this fall, came in 38th in 24:29. Rounding out Butler's "Top Five" were junior Kris Gauson, who came in 60th in 24:42, and sophomore Justin Roeder, who placed 68th in 24:46.
Butler's remaining runners included junior Tom Boardman (93rd, 25:02), junior Joe MacDonald (115th, 25:16), sophomor Madison Roeder (134th, 25:28) and sophomore Matt Lawder (149th, 25:43). A total of 202 runners were entered in the men's Blue Division race.
Butler's women were paced by junior Marbeth Shiell, who placed 10th in 17:59. She was five seconds shy of ninth place and 31 seconds behind individual champ Ayla Mitchell of UW-Oshkosh.
Junior Sara Bird came in 85th (78 scoring) in 19:03, junior Whitney Turner was 113th (101) in 19:27, freshman Bonnie Kaminsky placed 125th (110) in 19:43 and freshman Lauren Haberkorn was 131st (116) in 19:48. Also placing for the Bulldogs was sophomore Mary Andorfer, who finished 154th (137) in 20:30, freshman Laura Weatherford, who was 162nd (141) in 20:44, and junior Ashley Salt, who came in 177th in 21:15.
Michigan State won the 23-team women's Gold Division race.