We've reached our number nine moment or storyline of our Top 10 recap of 2012-13. In this installment, we relive a cross country storyline with the meet recap that capped off a fantastic back-and-forth battle between two great friends and teammates, Anthony Butler and Marcell Houston. Butler, a senior in 2012-13, and Houston, pushed each other, and the rest of the team, to new heights last season. For their efforts, both shared the Marygrove 8K record at one point during the season. In the end, Butler would go out on top as the school record holder with a time of 27:44. The time would hold through the end of the season as Butler, Houston and the men's cross country team finished the season with an eighth place finish in the WHAC.
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Top 10 of 2012-13: #9 – Butler, Houston Battle for 8K Record
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- An improved men's cross country team has led to a season-long story of success for head coach LaCema Womack and the program. Better team finishes, coupled with impressive individual performances, has elevated the team to many record-breaking performances this season.
On Saturday (Oct. 20), senior Anthony Butler (Lincoln Park, Mich./Roosevelt) reclaimed the men's 8K school record after dashing his way to a 27:44 finish at the 2012 Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Mich. The time eclipses the previous record held by teammate Marcell Houston (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) by 20 seconds. Houston was pulled from Saturday's race due to illness.
The senior's record is a product of season-long improvement as he eyes ending his career as a Mustang on top.
Following Butler was sophomore Robert Crockett (Detroit, Mich./King) with a PR of his own after he clocked in with a time of 29:37. Fellow sophomore George Jackson (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) came in at 30:05, while Akil Prowell (Detroit, Mich./Crockett) finished with a time of 30:48.
Freshman newcomer Jonathon Rutkowski (Riverview, Mich./Gabriel Richard) continued to shave time off his pace this season after clocking in at 32:35. Jalen Wilson (Detroit, Mich./CMA) rounded out the Mustangs' effort with 34:02.
The Mustangs will return to Grand Rapids' Riverside Park Nov. 3 for their first Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship event. The team hopes their recent success at Riverside continues as they aim for a conference title in their first season in the WHAC.