October 4, 2003

Butler Men Place Second At Murray Keatinge Invitational

Oct. 4, 2003

Junior Olly Laws tied for seventh in the final individual standings and helped the Butler men's cross country squad to a runner-up finish in the team competition at the 12th Annual Murray Keatinge Invitational, hosted by the University of Maine on Saturday (Oct. 4). Defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Stanford captured the team crown.

Laws, running just his second race for the Bulldogs, covered the five-mile course in 24:10.30 to tie Seth Hejny of Stanford for the No. 7 spot. The Butler leader finished just 15 seconds behind individual champ Louis Luchini of Stanford.

Butler newcomer Nick Goodliffe finished just six seconds behind Laws and claimed ninth place in the race. Laws and Goodliffe were among five Butler runners to finish among the "Top 25" individuals in the race. Junior Tom Frazer placed 16th in 24:31.10, while senior Bart Phariss came in 20th in 24:40.60. Junior John Frazer wound up 22nd with a time of 24:43.60.

Rounding out the Bulldogs' top seven runners were junior Andrew Sherman, who came in 30th in 24:58.60, and senior Gary Blackman, who placed 39th in 25:14.70. There were 115 runners competing in the race.

Stanford swept the top four individual spots and posted a team score of 18 points. The Bulldogs tallied 66 points, while No. 19 Indiana finished third with 78 points. The remaining teams in the competition were Oklahoma (119), Florida (128), Clemson (141), New Hampshire (181), Maine (256), Holy Cross (291), Central Connecticut State (326) and Vermont (328).