The Butler men’s team leads the pack at the Butler Twilight Invitational on Sept. 1. Photo courtesy of Butlersports.com
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The Butler men’s cross country team finished in fourth place at the John McNichols Invitational In Terre Haute, Indiana. The event was hosted by Indiana State at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course on Sept. 9.
The event was in honor of the late McNichols who was the longest tenured head coach in Indiana State history after heading the cross-country and track programs for 34 years. He won 38 total team titles and coached 15 NCAA Champions, 10 NCAA Runners-Up and 113 All-Americans.
Butler was joined by Indiana State University, the University of Evansville, the University of Louisville and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to make up the five-team field.
Four of Butler’s six runners were freshmen
Senior Michael Carey led the Bulldogs, completing the 8K course in 12th with a time of 26:16.2.
Carey was followed closely behind by freshmen Jackson Martin (26:31.7) and Blake Roberts (26:34.1). Senior Malik Mahmud (27:31.6) and freshman Kyle Harris (27:34.2) finished a minute behind taking 22nd and 23rd place. Freshman Chandler McGaha rounded out the Butler lineup in 36th place with a time of 29:00.7.
Louisville’s Daniel Fleace won the event with a time of 25:13.9.
Illinois won the team competition with a team total of 22 followed by Indiana State, Louisville, Butler and Evansville.
Butler’s women’s cross-country team had the weekend off but both teams will be back in action at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee on Sept. 16.