October 19, 2002

Tucker Leads Butler Men To Fifth Place Finish At Pre-Nationals

Oct. 19, 2002

Senior Mark Tucker ran his best race of the 2002 campaign and helped the Butler men's cross country team to a fifth place team finish at the Asics/Pacesetter Pre-Nationals hosted by Indiana State on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Bulldogs defeated five nationally-ranked teams at the elite meet, while firming up their position as one of the nation's top distance squads.

Tucker covered the 8,000-meter layout in 23:55.9 to finish in fifth place in the final individual standings. He was just six-tenths of a second behind fourth place finisher Tom McArdle of Dartmouth. Kip Kangogo of Brigham Young captured first place in 23:45.9, while Grant Robinson and Ian Dobson of No. 1-ranked Stanford finished second and third, respectively.

Joining Tucker with a "Top 25" individual finish was senior teammate Marty Fedmowski, who came in 15th in 24:18.1. Rounding out Butler's top five individuals were junior Steve Vernon, who was 51st in 24:56.9, junior Gary Blackman, who came in 89th in 25:18.7, and junior Brian Dunn, who wound up 91st in 25:20.8.

Senior Brad Bennett, who placed 163rd in 25:59.1, and junior Lennon Wicks, who wound up 182nd in 26:07.4, completed Butler's seven-runner lineup. There were 235 total runners competing in the race.

Stanford captured the team trophy, while No. 4 ranked Northern Arizona finished runner-up. No. 10 Brigham Young came in third, followed by No. 17 Indiana and the No. 20-ranked Bulldogs. Butler finished ahead of No. 14 North Carolina State, No. 27 Dartmouth, No. 22 Arizona State, No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 28 New Mexico. There were 35 total teams in the meet.

The Butler women's cross country team placed 30th in the 6K women's race. The Bulldogs were led by senior Amber Gascoigne, who finished 99th in 22:01.9. Senior Lissa Vogley came in 125th in 22:16.6, while junior Becky Lyne was 126th in 22:16.7.

Completing Butler's top five were freshman Maria Beitel, who claimed 190th in 23:01.3, and senior Bethany Gaskill, who placed 207th in 23:18.8. Junior Lauren Brentano came in 215th in 23:31. There were 254 total runners competing in the meet.

Stanford won the women's title, while Wake Forest finished second in the 37-team competition.