Bulldogs Sweep Horizon League Distance Titles

Bulldogs Sweep Horizon League Distance Titles

Nov. 2, 2002

Senior Mark Tucker captured an individual title and the Butler men's and women's cross country teams both captured team crowns at the Horizon League Cross Country Championship hosted by Loyola University at Montrose Harbor on Saturday, Nov. 2. The men's and women's sweep was the first by a league school since 1999 when Butler turned the trick.

Tucker out-raced the field with a time of 24:03 on the 8K course. He took control of the race at the 4,000 meter mark and finished 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Robert Wade of Loyola. Tucker became the first runner in league history to sweep the conference Runner of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards! It was the sixth straight year that a Butler runner captured the men's title at the Horizon League meet.

The Bulldogs captured five of the top eight spots in the meet to grab the men's title for a fifth consecutive year. Junior Steve Vernon finished third in the meet in 24:36, while senior Marty Fedmowski came in fourth in 24:57. Fedmowski was the league's defending individual champ.

Rounding out Butler's "Top Five" were junior Brian Dunn, who came in seventh in 25:12, and junior Gary Blackman, who placed eighth in 25:13. Senior Brad Bennett finished 11th in 25:19, and senior Lennon Wicks wound up in 13th place in 25:26. Vernon, Fedmowski, Dunn and Blackman joined Tucker on the all-conference team.

Butler's women's team, paced by seniors Amber Gascoigne and Kelly Moring, returned to the league's top spot after two straight years of finishing runner-up. Gascoigne placed second in the women's 5K race in 17:50, while Moring came in third in 18:01. Kim Hemstreet of Detroit captured the women's individual title in 17:33.

The Bulldogs secured the title by placing three additional runners in the "Top 10." Junior Becky Lyne, running in her first conference meet, came in seventh in 18:13 and earned league "Newcomer of the Year" honors. Junior Lauren Brentano finished ninth in 18:21, and senior Lissa Vogley came in 10th in 18:27. The trio joined Gascoigne and Moring on the all-league squad. It was the third all-conference certificate for Vogley and the second for Gascoigne.

Butler's other "Top 7" runners were freshman Maria Beitel, who finished 12th in 18:34, and sophomore Monika Schneider, who came in 15th in 18:43.

Butler head coach Joe Franklin was named "Coach of the Year" for both the men's and women's competition after the meet. It was a league record fifth women's "Coach of the Year" title for the Butler coach, and it was the fourth time in the last five years that he earned men's "Coach of the Year" honors.

HORIZON LEAGUE MEN'S STANDINGS: 1. Butler 23, 2. Loyola 39, 3. Youngstown State 81, 4. UW-Milwaukee 123, 5. UIC 136, 6. Wright State 160, 7. Detroit 182, 8. UW-Green Bay 239.

HORIZON LEAGUE WOMEN'S STANDINGS: 1. Butler 31, 2. Loyola 59, 3. UIC 99, 4. Youngstown State 121, 5. Wright State 134, 6. UW-Milwaukee 142, 7. Detroit 167, 8. UW-Green Bay 195, 9. Cleveland State 245.