Butler Sweeps Men's And Women's Cross Country Championships
Nov. 1, 2003
Senior Becky Lyne captured the women's individual crown and junior Olly Laws won the men's individual medal and the two helped Butler sweep the men's and women's team titles at the 2003 Horizon League Cross Country Championship in Warren, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 1. It was a sixth consecutive championship for the Butler men, while Butler's women won their second straight title and their sixth in eight years!
Lyne covered the 5K layout at the Avalon South Golf Course in 18:29.14 to finish six seconds ahead of runner-up Lisa Davies of Youngstown State. She was one of four Butler runners to place among the "Top 10" individuals. Sophomore Monika Schneider came in fourth in 18:41.44, sophomore Katie Stuckey placed ninth in 19:22.99 and senior Mary Reeves was tenth in 19:23.23. Lyne and Schneider earned first team all-league honors, while Stuckey and Reeves were named second team.
Butler's fifth runner was sophomore Monica Behney, who came in 22nd in 19:53.87. Rounding out the Butler squad were sophomore Lauren Brentano (31st, 20:30.61), freshman Kara Henry (32nd, 20:31.90), freshman Maggie Mathieson (36th, 20:46.89) and senior Rholonda Ash (39th, 20:59.94).
The Bulldogs posted a team score of 46 points, four points ahead of runner-up Loyola. UW-Milwaukee finished third, followed by Youngstown State, UIC, UW-Green Bay, Wright State, Detroit and Cleveland State.
Butler's men captured the top four individual places and finished with 18 points, three points off the league record. Laws led the way with a time of 25:08.72, while junior Nick Goodliffe was league runner-up in 25:18.25. Senior Gary Blackman came in third in 25:32.90, while junior Tom Frazer was fourth in 25:34.87. All four earned first team all-league recognition.
The Bulldogs had three other runners earn all-league honors. Junior John Frazer placed eighth in 25:44.68, senior Bart Phariss finished ninth in 25:49.16 and junior Andrew Sherman wound up 11th in 26:00.48. Each earned second team all-league mention.
Butler's remaining runners were junior Bill Peterman (28th, 26:51.19), freshman Adam Hill (40th, 27:25.31), freshman Matt Dunham (54th, 27:51.63), senior Lennon Wicks (57th, 27:58.44), sophomore Rick Mick (64th, 28:11.63), freshman Chris Smith (81st, 29:48.79), freshman Brian Kolas (84th, 30:48.76) and senior Chester Bennett (86th, 31:37.50).
Butler finished 29 points ahead of runner-up Loyola. Youngstown State came in third, followed by UW-Milwaukee, Wright State, UIC, Detroit and UW-Green Bay.