Sept. 28, 2007
Senior Genni Gardner ran the second-fastest 5K time in Butler cross country history and helped the Bulldogs to a 13th place team finish in the Women's Blue Race at the 52nd running of the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Sept. 28. Butler's men placed 20th in the Men's Blue Race.
Gardner covered the women's distance on the Notre Dame Golf Course in 17:14 and crossed the finish line in 12th place. Her time was more than a minute faster than her previous best 5K effort and lifted her into second place on Butler's all-time 5K cross country list. Only All-American Victoria Mitchell (16:49 in 2005) owns a faster Butler time.
Senior Claire Holm, running for the first time this fall, was Butler's second finisher in the race. She crossed the finish line in 54th place with a time of 17:53. That effort is the ninth-fastest in Butler history. Junior Rachel Gibbs came in 59th in 17:57, which ties the 11th fastest time ever at Butler!
Senior Isabelle Stoate matched her previous best 5K time with an 18:29 effort and finished 99th in the race. Senior Aubrey Smith came in 136th in 19:37, while sophomore Marbeth Shiell finished 137th in 19:39.
Junior Andy Baker, also running for the first time this fall, led Butler's men with a time of 25:31. He came in 97th. Senior Sam Jacobs placed 106th in 25:48, while senior Kent Wories came in 114th in 25:53.
Freshmen Madison Roeder, Matt Lawder and Nathan Tavenor finished 124th, 128th and 139th, respectively. Roeder posted a time of 26:09, Lawder came in with a time of 26:11, and Tavenor finished in 26:35. Senior Chris Smith was Butler's final runner, finishing 157th in 28:05.
Rice won the women's competition, which featured nine nationally-ranked teams. Host Notre Dame, one of six nationally-ranked teams in the competition, captured the men's title.