UW-Whitewater runner earns All-America status
UW-Whitewater senior Brian Butzler earned All-America honors by finishing 20th at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Cross Country Championship hosted by Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota Saturday afternoon.
Butzler, a Beloit Turner graduate, covered the 8,000 meters in 25:06. That is the fourth fastest time by a UW-W runner this year—and Butzler owns all four. It is also the 17th-fastest time in UW-Whitewater cross country history.
Tyler Sigl of UW-Platteville finished first in 24:24.
Jenny Scherer, a Delavan-Darien graduate, finished 61st for St. Norbert in the women’s 6-kilometer race. Scherer is a sophomore.
The top twenty-five individuals in the NCAA III championship are accorded All-America honors.
New York University won the team title with 128 points, followed by Haverford College (PA) at 150, New York-Cortland 158, Calvin College (MI) 214, and UW-La Crosse 221. Thirty-two teams, and a total field of 280 runners, qualified for the NCAA III championship.
Butzler’s cross country All-American honors add to a long list of running accomplishments at Whitewater. He was named the Outstanding Track Performer at the 2007 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championship after winning the mile and 3,000 meters. He earned All-American honors by placing second in the mile in the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championship last spring, and added All-American honors with a third place in the 1,500 meters in the NCAA III outdoor championship in May.
Butzler holds the Whitewater record for the indoor mile (4:08.73), and he is among the top five in the school record book in the indoor 3,000 (8:23.37), outdoor 1,500 (3:54.24), and the outdoor 5,000 (14:54.05).