Good victorious in cross country opener

The Butler cross country teams kicked off their seasons Friday at Bradley.

Leading the way for Butler was junior transfer Katie Good, who won the women’s three-mile race with a time of 16:32.

She finished 13 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.

Good is a transfer from Manchester, and coach Matt Roe was pleased with her effort.

“She ran very comfortable and controlled,” Roe said. “We felt that she had a good chance to win.”

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Good said she was nervous at the outset of the race but settled in down the stretch.

“As soon as I got running, I was fine,” Good said. “I pretended I was back at home, just doing a workout with the girls.”

The Butler women had three top-10 finishers. Junior Kirsty Legg finished fifth with a time of 17:08. Freshman Colleen Weatherford rounded out the top ten.

For Weatherford, the race was a positive way to start out the season

“It was a 30-second PR (personal record) for college, but I know I still have a lot of potential,” Weatherford said.

The Butler men had four finishers in the top ten of their four-mile race.

Junior Harry Ellis placed third with a time of 20:01 while sophomores Chris Kelsey and Keigan Culler placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Freshman Luke Zygmunt finished 10th in his first collegiate event.

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