Butler Races To Toledo Bubble Buster Title

Junior Katie Clark

TOLEDO, OHIO -- Junior Katie Clark cruised to the individual title and Butler upset several nationally-ranked squads to claim the team championship at the 2012 Toledo Bubble Buster cross country meet, hosted by the University of Toledo on Friday (Sept. 21).  The 14-team meet was Butler's first full-team competition this fall.

Clark, running her first race in more than a year, pulled away from the field and covered the 4K distance in 13:04.8.  She finished 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Sarah Pagano of Syracuse to claim the individual crown.  The talented Butler runner sat out last season as a redshirt.

Butler had three other runners place among the top 15 individuals in the 172-runner competition.  Junior Kirsty Legg, also coming off a redshirt year, finished eighth overall in 13:27.2, while sophomore Mara Olson came in tenth in 13:30.9.  Freshman Olivia Pratt, Butler's fourth runner, wound up 13th in the race with a time of 13:36.2.

Senior Lauren McKillop rounded out Butler's top five with a time of 14:00.3, good for 40th place.  Junior Shelbi Burnett finished 70th in 14:18.8, while senior Kaitlyn Love came in 84th in 14:26.5.  Junior Alyson Fosnot finished 117th in 14:52.2.

Butler won the team title with 72 total points, 14 points better than runner-up and 23rd-ranked San Francisco.  Toledo, ranked #18, came in fourth, #22 Syracuse came in fifth and #25 West Virginia finished 11th.  The Bulldogs also finished ahead of Iowa, BYU and Portland, three other teams receiving votes in the national poll.

Final Team Standings
Butler (72)
#23 San Francisco (86)
Columbia (92)
#18 Toledo (98)
#22 Syracuse (104)
BYU (143)
Iowa (147)
Portland (194)
Ohio (220)
Navy (257)
#25 West Virginia (334)
Lipscomb (345)
Eastern Michigan (390)
Charlotte (405)