November 13, 2004

Butler Men Finish Third, Women Sixth At Great Lakes Regional

Nov. 13, 2004

The Butler men's cross country team placed five runners among the top 26 finishers and notched a third place overall finish, while the Butler women's squad came in sixth in the final team standings at the Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championship hosted by Eastern Michigan University on Saturday, Nov. 13. The two solid performances put the Butler teams in a strong position to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championship on Nov. 22.

Junior Scott Overall led the Butler men with a 15th place individual finish. He covered the 10,000 meter course on the Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti, Mich., in 30:30.7. Finishing close behind was senior Andrew Sherman, who came in 17th in 30:32.2.

Rounding out Butler's five-man scoring team were senior Olly Laws, who came in 20th in 30:48.0, senior Nick Goodliffe, who was 24th in 30:51.0, and senior Thomas Frazer, who placed 26th in 30:55.0. Senior John Frazer crossed the finish line in 34th place in 31:08.0, while senior Brian Dunn was 46th in 31:27.2.

The Butler women were led by junior Ava Hutchinson, who posted a time of 20:42.5 on the women?s 6,000 meter course. She came in 14th in the individual standings. Senior Monika Schneider came in 35th in 21:12.2, while junior Katie Stuckey was 37th in 21:14.5. Butler?s other two scoring runners were senior Victoria Mitchell, who placed 45th in 21:23.6, and freshman Genni Gardner, who came in 56th in 21:33.6.

Junior Monica Behney posted a 67th place finish in 21:46.1, while sophomore Maria Beitel, came in 69th in 21:47.7.

Wisconsin won the men's team title with 47 points, while Notre Dame finished runner-up with 82 points. The Bulldogs posted a final score of 102. Michigan won the women's team title, while Notre Dame was runner-up. The were 197 men in the competition and 209 women.

The NCAA national meet will be held at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.