The Indiana men's and women's cross country teams reported back to campus this week and began practice on Tuesday.
Senior Zach Mayhew's 13th place finish on Saturday was the best finish for a Hoosier at NCAAs in 20 years.
The IU men's team placed third and will have to wait for the NCAA to announced at-large qualifiers for the national meet.
2013-14 (R-JUNIOR): Cross Country: finished in 21st place at the Big Ten Championships in an 8,000m time of 24:51.9 ... the men's cross country team won the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 1980 and finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships for the third time in the last four years with an eighth-place finish ... finished in 11th place at the Great Lakes Regional Championships to earn All-Region honors ... was the Hoosiers top runner at the NCAA Championships finishing in 45th place with a time of 30:51.9 for the 10K ... ran an 8K season-best of 23:59 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. Indoor: Finished in third-place at the Indiana-Purdue dual meet in the mile run in a time of 4:12.83. Outdoor: Finished in second-place in his section of the Penn Relays 5K in 14:01.67 ... finished in fourth-place at the Big Ten Championships in the 10K in 29:08.52, the fifth fastest time in school history ... qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round and finished in 29th place in the 10K.
2012-13 (R-SOPHOMORE): Cross Country: Placed first in the annual Indiana Open to begin the 2012 season ... crossed the line in six place in 25:05 at the Indiana Intercollegiates ... ran in the Rim Rock Classic in Kansas and clocked in 24:51.3 and placed 33rd overall ... ran a 24:46 in the adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. ... finished in 33rd place in 31:58 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... scored for IU in the NCAA Championships by being the fourth Hoosier to finish in a time of 31:05.
2011-12 (R-FRESHMAN): Cross Country: Finished 12th and was the sixth Hoosier to cross the line at Indiana Intercollegiates in a time of 25:15 ... participated at the Cowboy Jamboree where the Hoosiers placed second as a team ... ran in 27:00 at Pre-Nationals .... placed third at the Hoosier Invitational in 25:37.80. Indoor: Ran PRs of 4:07.22 in the mile, 8:11.23 in the 3,000m and 14.21.23 in the 5,000m. Outdoor: Clocked a 1:55.74 800m, a 3:53.87 1,500m and a 14:37.17 5,000m, all PRs.
2010-11 (REDSHIRT): Cross Country: Redshirted. Indoor: Redshirted. Outdoor: Redshirted.
PREP: Ran lifetime bests of 1:56 in the 800m, 3:51 in the 1,500m, 8:27 in the 3,000m and 15:09 in the 5,000m for Bill Cunliffe at Courtice Secondary School ... earned multiple MVP awards in cross country and track and field ... was named the 2009 Senior Male Athlete of the year ... holds school records in the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m.
PERSONAL: Son of Eric and Cathie Esselink ... has a sister named Danielle ... born February 28, 1992 ... majoring in environmental science.
Coach Helmer on Evan: "Evan has consistently run outstanding times and shown consistent improvement. He will quickly assimilate into our outstanding group of veteran distance runners."
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