Oct. 5, 2002
Senior Marty Fedmowski continued to establish his credentials as one of the top distance runners in the United States with a first place individual finish at the Indiana State Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5. His impressive performance highlighted a day that saw the #12-ranked Butler men's cross country squad capture a third place team finish, while the Butler women's distance squad posted a fifth place finish.
Fedmowski out-raced the 178-runner field with a time of 24:26.8 on the 8K LaVern Gibson Championship Course, the same layout where the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championship will be held. He finished nine seconds ahead of runner-up Peter Kiprono of Alabama.
Butler's men also picked up a "Top 10" individual finish from senior Mark Tucker, who came in eighth in 24:44.8. Rounding out Butler's top five runners were junior Brian Dunn, who finished 26th in 25:16.9, junior Steve Vernon, who came in 31st in 25:24.2, and senior Lennon Wicks, who wound up 52nd in 25:42.1. Senior Brad Bennett finished 64th in 25:53.7, while sophomore Bill Peterman was 86th in 26:42.7.
Colorado State won the men's title with 58 points, while Indiana finished second with 83. The Bulldogs tied with Nebraska for third place with 118 points. Navy finished fifth in the 20-team field, while #6-ranked Villanova came in sixth.
Butler's women, paced by senior Amber Gascoigne, turned in their strongest performance of the season and posted their highest team finish. Gascoigne finished seventh in the 6K women's race in 21:40.7, while senior Kelly Moring came in 22nd in 22:03.9.
Completing Butler's "Top 5" were senior Lissa Vogley, who came in 42nd in 22:42.5, freshman Maria Beitel, who was 57th in 23:04.8, and senior Bethany Gaskill, who placed 59th in 23:06.4. Junior Rholonda Ash came in 73rd in 23:26.2, while sophomore Monika Schneider was 74th in 23:27.7.
Arkansas won the women's crown, while Michigan finished second in the 20-team field. Villanova came in third, followed by Colorado State and the Bulldogs. Butler had the highest team finish among the six teams from Indiana.