Butler Cross Country Heads To Indiana Intercollegiate Meet

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Several Butler runners will make their 2012 cross country debut when the Bulldogs head to Terre Haute to compete in the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet on Friday, Sept. 14.  The annual meet will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, site of last year's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship.

The state competition will include three races, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET) with an open race that will feature both men and women.  The women's 5K championship race will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men's 8K championship race at 5:15 p.m.

Butler head coach Matt Roe will enter a full team in the men's championship race, and he'll have several runners competing in the open race.  Making their season debut for the Bulldogs in the men's championship race will be returning All-Conference runners Tom Curr, Kevin Oblinger, James Martin and Harry Ellis.  Curr placed third at last year's Horizon League Championship, while Oblinger came in ninth, Martin finished tenth and Ellis came in 13th.

Curr led the Bulldogs at last year's Indiana Intercollegiate Meet with a 16th place individual finish.

Two additional runners, transfer Tom Anderson and freshman Erik Peterson, will make their Butler debut at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet.  Rounding out Roe's roster for the men's 8K race will be sophomore Billy Klimczak and freshmen Keigan Culler and Chris Kelsey.

Set to compete in the open race for the Bulldogs will be senior Matt Proctor, sophomore Jahi Gains and freshmen Sage Kosiorek, Stephanie Hanagan, Christina McKnight and Samantha Turley.

Butler, which ran partial squads at the Illini Challenge on August 31st to open the season, will enter this weekend's state meet with a "Top 10" regional ranking for both men and women.  Both Butler squads are ranked seventh in the Great Lakes Region in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.