Butler Men Capture 11th Straight Horizon League Championship
Nov. 1, 2008
Senior Andy Baker won a second consecutive individual title and Butler's men captured their 11th straight team title at the 2008 Horizon League Cross Country Championships in Green Bay, Wis., on Saturday, Nov. 1. Butler's women placed third in the women's competition.
Baker led Butler to a sweep of the top five individual spots and a perfect team score of 15. He crossed the finish line on the 8K course at Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Trails in 24:54.1, 18 seconds ahead of teammate Rob Mullett in second place. It was the 12th straight year that a Butler runner claimed the league's individual crown.
Junior Tom Boardman placed third in 25:18.17, followed by junior Kris Gauson in 25:20 and sophomore Justin Roeder in 25:27.44. It was the second straight year that Butler captured the top five individual spots.
The Bulldogs went on to take three more of the "Top 15" positions. Senior Kent Wories came in ninth in 25:41.84, sophomore Madison Roeder was 11th in 25:46.57 and junior Steve Lisgo was 12th in 25:49.08. All eight Butler runners earned All-League recognition. The top five runners were first team All-League picks, while the next three were named second team. Butler coach Matt Roe was named Horizon League Men's Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Other Butler runners at the championship were sophomore Matt Lawder (19th, junior Taylor Eaton (24th, 26:33.64), junior Andy Barbeau (31st, 26:48.74), freshman Graham Fishell (61st, 27:39.49) and freshman Orion Wenrich (67th, 27:53.76).
Junior Marbeth Shiell paced Butler's women with a fourth place finish in 18:34.22. She was the lone Butler runner to place in the Top 15, and she earned first team All-League recognition. Junior Sara Bird came in 21st in 19:20.97, while freshman Lauren Haberkorn came in 23rd in 19:28.13. Rounding out Butler's top five were freshman Bonnie Kaminsky, who came in 27th in 19:43.33 and junior Whitney Turner, who finished 32nd in 19:59.69.
Loyola won the women's title, ending a streak of six consecutive Butler championships.