Senior All-American Andy Baker put on a dominant individual performance and helped lead Butler to a third place team finish at the 2008 Great Lakes Region Meet in West Lafayette on Saturday, Nov. 15. Butler's women, led by junior Marbeth Shiell, placed 26th at the regional competition.
Baker again established himself as one of the nation's top runners with a second place individual finish in the regional meet, hosted by Purdue. He covered the 10K layout on the Purdue Varsity Cross Country Course in 31:12.5, finishing just six seconds behind individual winner Patrick Smyth of Notre Dame. Chris Lemon of Dayton came in third 19 seconds later.
Butler placed four runners in the "Top 20" of the men's race. Junior Tom Boardman was the second Butler runner to cross the finish line, placing 16th in 31:57.9. Sophomore Justin Roeder came in 18th in 31:59, while junior Rob Mullett finished 19th in 32:00.5.
Wisconsin, ranked sixth nationally, won the men's competition with 39 points, while 9th-ranked Michigan finished runner-up with 62 points. Both receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship. The Bulldogs finished with 104 points, and all but wrapped up an at-large bid to the national meet.
Shiell paced Butler's women with a 43rd place finish, posting a time of 22:22.4 for the women's 6K layout. She was the lone Butler runner to finish in the "Top 100" of the women's race.
Junior Sara Bird finished second for the Bulldogs and 126th overall in 23:38.6, while junior Whitney Turner came in 159th in 24:22. Sophomore Mary Andorfer placed 165th in 24:26, freshman Lauren Haberkorn came in 175th in 24:39.9, freshman Bonnie Kaminsky was 193rd in 25:17.3 and senior Amanda Zolman finished 198th in 25:28.3.
Michigan won the women's regional title, while Wisconsin finished runner-up.