Butler Wins Women's Cross Country Title

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Oct. 27, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--Butler University didn't waste any time winning its first Atlantic 10 Championship title.

The Bulldogs, led by junior individual winner Katie Clark, captured the 5K 2012 Atlantic 10 Women's Cross Country Championship with 37 points. Clark won the race with a time of 16:55.9, which was run Saturday morning at Belmont Plateau.

"To be the first in the Butler Athletic department to win an A-10 championship is huge. I couldn't have asked for anything better than that. I'm over the moon with it," Clark said. "Coach is really happy too -- the whole team the atmosphere is amazing."

It was the first A-10 championship opportunity for Butler, who joined the league on July 1, 2012 along with VCU. Five Butler runners finished in the top 10, earning All-Conference honors and the Bulldogs finished with an average time of 17:51.76. Butler coach Matt Roe was voted the Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and freshman Olivia Pratt won Most Outstanding Rookie honors.

"For us to be the first team to compete for a championship is exciting to begin with. To win on top of that is a great thing for Butler as a whole. We're really excited with the results today," said Roe.

La Salle, last year's champion, finished second with 70 points and an average time of 18:07.7. The Explorers were anchored by second-place finisher senior Megan McGlinchey. McGlinchey crossed the finish line at 17:03.3, followed by junior Jill Prentice of Richmond at 17:42.2. Prentice, who was last year's individual winner, spurred the Spiders to a third-place finish with 125 points and an average time of 18:34.92.

Saint Louis placed fourth with 134 points and an average time of 18:35.76 and Xavier was fifth with an average of 18:43.34 and 150 points. Dayton clocked in with an average of 18:40.62 and 154 points to finish sixth and Duquesne was seventh with 183 points and an average of 18:51.62.

Saint Joseph's placed eighth with 196 points and Charlotte was ninth with 235 points. George Washington rounded out the top 10 with 282 points. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Fordham, Temple, St. Bonaventure and VCU were the final six respectively.

Joining Clark, McGlinchey, Prentice and Pratt on the All-Conference team were Margo Richardson (SLU), Mara Olson (BU), Kirsty Legg (BU), Lizzie Gleason (UD), Emma Slattery (SJU), Clare Fischer (XU), Stephanie Bearish (LAS), Wendy Hutchinson (LAS), Jessica Hoefert (SLU), Lauren McKillop (BU) and Heather Stevens (GW).

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