Bulldogs Place 16th At Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, IND. -- Sophomore Harry Ellis paced the Bulldogs in the individual competition and Butler finished 16th in the team race at the power-packed Notre Dame Invitational on Friday (Sept. 28).  A total of 10 nationally-ranked teams competed in the 20-team Men's Blue Race at the Notre Dame Cross Country Course.

Ellis covered the five-mile distance in 24:25 to place 41st overall in the competition. He was just 11 seconds off of a "Top 25" individual finish, and he was the lone Butler runner in the "Top 50."

Freshman Erik Peterson came in 64th in 24:38, while senior Kevin Oblinger finished 78th (77 in the scoring column) in 24:47.  Junior Tom Anderson placed 82nd (81) in 24:50, and senior Matt Proctor came in 99th (98) to round out Butler's five-runner scoring unit.

Sophomore Kodi Mullins wound up 123rd in 25:23, while freshman Chris Kelsey finished 128th in 25:28.

Chris O'Hare of team champ Tulsa won the individual crown in 23:33.

Tulsa, ranked No. 20 coming into the meet, claimed the team title with 104 points, 35 points better than runner-up Princeton, ranked 17th.  Other nationally-ranked teams in the field were No. 10 Florida State (4th), No. 11 North Carolina State (10th), No. 14 Texas A & M (7th), No. 21 New Mexico (6th), No. 24 Notre Dame (3rd), No. 25 Eastern Kentucky (5th), No. 26 Michigan (19th) and No. 29 Washington State (8th).

The Bulldogs, competing for the first time since Sept. 14, finished ahead of Navy, Liberty, Michigan and Mississippi State in the final team standings.