Oct. 16, 2008
Butler's cross country team will end a two-week layoff and will compete in two different states this weekend. The Butler women will travel to Peoria, Ill., to run in the Bradley Invitational on Friday, Oct. 17, while Butler's men will visit Terre Haute to compete in the NCAA Pre-National Meet on Saturday, Oct. 18.
The two races will be Butler's first competition since the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 3. Butler's men turned in an impressive performance at Notre Dame, placing fifth in a field that included six nationally-ranked teams, while Butler's women finished 15th at the meet.
The Butler men will face another power-packed field at the Pre-Nationals, hosted by Indiana State on the NCAA National Meet Course. The Bulldogs will run in the 8,000 meter Men's Blue Division Race, which starts at 12:10 p.m. Also competing in that race will be #2 Oklahoma State, #6 Alabama, #9 Michigan, #13 Florida State, #14 Minnesota, #15 North Carolina State, #16 Northern Arizona, #22 Providence, #24 William & Mary and #26 Syracuse. The Bulldogs were #34 in the most recent poll.
"We have put ourselves in a good position for at-large wins for the NCAA Championship," said Butler head coach Matt Roe. "We got off to a solid start at Notre Dame by knocking off some ranked teams, and since that time we've had great training. This weekend's meet will be a good indicator of where we fit in the national scene."
Roe will enter seniors Andy Baker and Tommy Davies, juniors Robert Mullet, Kris Gauson and Thomas Boardman and sophomores Justin and Madison Roeder in the Blue Division Race. Senior Kent Wories, juniors Steve Lisgo and Andrew Barbeau and sophomore Matt Lawder will run in the men's 8,000 meter open race. Baker had a "Top 15" individual finish at Notre Dame.
Butler's women, led by senior Marbeth Shiell, will be one of 15 teams competing at the Bradley Invitational. The women's 5K race is slated to start at 4:15 p.m. (CT, 5:15 p.m. in Indianapolis) at the Newman Golf Course. Shiell placed 10th at Notre Dame in her last outing.