Cross country: Hawkins leads Bulldogs in Minnesota

Sophomore Callum Hawkins led the Butler men’s cross country team to an 11th-place finish last Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis.

Hawkins was the top finisher for the Bulldogs, completing the 8-kilometer course in 24:07.3, good for 7th place overall. It was a new personal best for Hawkins by 15 seconds.

Freshman Tom Curr was Butler’s second finisher and finished 29th overall with a time of 24:46.3.  Behind Curr were sophomore Ross Clarke, who placed 61st with a time of 25:11, and freshman Harry Ellis, who placed 72nd in 25:21.

Freshman James Martin rounded out Butler’s top five with a 114th-place finish in 25:52.

“The team ran better than it has the last couple of meets,” Hawkins said. “[There is] still a little bit of improvement to do, but we were looking good.”

The event hosted 24 schools and 220 runners. Butler finished with a score of 238, just 17 points behind tenth-place Duke. North Carolina State won the invite with a score of 96.

Both Butler squads will compete again this Friday, Sept. 30, at the Notre Dame Invitational.

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