Nov. 19, 2007
Terre Haute, Ind. - Junior Andy Baker notched a 28th-place time of 30:22.4 to earn All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship on Monday (Nov. 19) afternoon at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. Senior Genni Gardner closed out her illustrious career with a 6,000 meter time of 21:32.4 to place 100th in the women's championship.
Baker, the 2007 Horizon League Men's Cross Country Champion, finished the 10,000 meters just four seconds out of the top-20 and exactly one minute behind race winner Josh McDougal of Liberty, who turned in a time of 29:22.4 to finish a second ahead of Oregon's Galen Rupp.
Gardner, who placed second at the 2007 Horizon League Championship and ninth at the Great Lakes Regional, finished just over two minutes off the pace of champion Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech, who out-distanced runner-up Jenny Barringer of Colorado by 17 seconds.
Baker becomes Butler's first men's cross country All-American since 2004, when Olly Laws posted a time of 31:25 to place 13th overall. Victoria Mitchell was the Bulldogs' last women's cross country All-American after finishing with a fourth-place time of 19:50.4 in 2005.
Oregon took home the men's team championship, with its five scoring runners placing in the top 30, while Stanford earned the women's team title thanks to five top-50 showings.