November 24, 2008

Bulldogs Place 29th At NCAA National Meet

Senior Andy Baker earned All-America recognition for the second consecutive year and Butler wound up 29th in the team competition at the 2008 NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship held in Terre Haute on Monday (Nov. 24). Indiana State hosted the national meet, held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

Baker covered the 10K national championship layout in 30:14 to place 40th overall and earn All-America honors. He actually ran eight seconds faster in the cold, wet and windy conditions on Monday than he did a year, when he placed 28th in the national meet. He was just 13 seconds away from a "Top 25" finish.

"The field ran really well today," said Butler head coach Matt Roe after the meet. "Andy ran faster than a year ago, but this year's field was much stronger."

Junior Rob Mullett came in second for the Bulldogs and 143rd overall in 31:13, while junior Kris Gauson crossed the finish line in 179th place in 31:32. Sophomore Justin Roeder also finished in 31:32 and came in one spot behind Gauson and junior Tom Boardman placed 205th in 31:52. Sophomore Madison Roeder was 228th and senior Tommy Davies was 229th, both in 32:23.

"We ran solid," noted Roe. "We ran hard and tough and didn't really have any weak spots. It was just an incredibly strong field."

Oregon, led by individual champ Galen Rupp, won the team title, while Iona finished runner-up. Notre Dame, the only other team from Indiana in the national meet, placed 19th.