Bulldogs Compete With Strong FIeld At Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, IND. -- Butler's men brought back a 17th place finish, while Butler's women came in 22nd at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.  The Butler men competed in the Men's Blue race, while Butler's women were entered in the Women's Gold Race.

The Butler men scored a total of 429 points, 32 points ahead of Eastern Michigan and 25 points behind Southern Illinois. Columbia won with 113 points, while Tulsa placed second with a score of 124.
 
Sophomore Erik Peterson was first to cross the line for the Bulldogs in a time of 24:49.44, good for a top-twenty finish in 18th place. Junior James Martin was second for Butler in 76th place (25:32:12), followed by senior Tom Anderson in 91st (25:42.39) and sophomore Luke Zygmunt in 97th (25:46.03). Junior Tom Curr clocked a time of 26:24.42 for 154th to round out the scorers. UTEP's Anthony Rotich was the individual winner of the men's Blue race with a time of 24:18.6.

Head coach Matt Roe rested many of his top women runners and entered a second group in the women's competition.  The Butler women scored 580 points, just missing Western Michigan and 21st place by four points.

Junior Erica Carlson lead the Bulldogs with an 81st place finish in a time of 19:07.0. Freshman Taylor Royalty clocked 19:25.5 and sophomore Stephanie Hanagan clocked 19:33.8, placing 111th and 117th, respectively. Freshman Maddie Westerhoff and senior Karleen Richie finished in 127th and 179th to round out the scorers. UMKC sophomore Courtney Frerichs won the individual title in a time of 17:18.2, while Southern Illinois won the team title with 52 points.

Both the men's and women's teams will next toe the line at the NCAA Pre-National Meet on October 19.

Contact:  Bethany Werge (bwerge@butler.edu)