Sept. 4, 2008
Butler cross country coach Matt Roe will get his first competitive look at his 2008 team when he sends the Bulldogs to West Lafayette on Friday (Sept. 5) to compete in the Great American Legends race at Purdue University. The season-opening competition will feature a 5K women's race at 6 p.m., and a men's 8K race at 6:45 p.m.
Butler will have one of three women's teams in the meet and one of eight men's squads. The women's race will include Ohio State and Purdue, while the men's competition will include Ohio State, Ball State, Northwestern, Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan, Taylor and Purdue. The race will be held on Purdue's home course, the same course that will host the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in November.
The Bulldogs captured the Horizon League men's and women's cross country championships a year ago. It was the 10th consecutive title for Butler's men and the sixth straight championship for Butler's women. But Roe lost several top runners from each squad to graduation, and the Bulldogs will look to a number of newcomers in 2008.
Roe will have two members of his 2007 men's championship squad competing at Purdue. Sophomores Matt Lawder and Madison Roeder were among Butler's top seven runners at last year's league meet, and the duo will look to lead the Bulldogs at Purdue. Lawder was runner-up in the 10K at the Horizon League Outdoor Track Championship last spring, while Roeder placed third in the event. The Butler coach also will get his first look at a pair of promising newcomers, Kris Gauson and Rob Mullett. Gauson, the brother of Butler runner Darren Gauson, is a transfer from Edinburgh University, while Mullett is a transfer from St. Mary's University.
On the women's side, the Bulldogs will look to junior Marbeth Shiell, who placed seventh at last year's Horizon League Championship. Roe will have several newcomers competing at Purdue, including junior Sara Bird, a transfer from St. Mary's University.