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 24th place at the Big Ten Championships in an 8,000m time of 24:59.9...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 19th place at the Great Lakes Regional Championship in a 10K time of 30:52 to earn All-Region honors...ran an 8K season-best of 24:12 to finish in 11th place at the Paul Short Run. Indoor: won the 5,000m run in 14:07.55 at the Indiana Relays...finished in fifth-place in the mile at the Indiana-Purdue dual meet in 4:16.33. Outdoor: redshirted the outdoor season.
2012-13 (R-SOPHOMORE): Cross Country: Finished in fourth place to start the year in the Indiana Open ... crossed the line in 13th place at Indiana Intercollegiates in 25:16 ... clocked in at 24:33.7 at the Rim Rock Classic to place 22nd ... ran the Pre-Nationals race in 24:44 and placed 20th overall ... ran to 48th place at the Big Ten Championships ... scored for IU and finished 36th in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 32:01 ... was the third Hoosier to finish in the NCAA Championships in a time of 30:52 and placed 116th.
2011-12 (R-FRESHMAN): Cross Country: Took 11th place at Indiana Intercollegiates with a time of 25:13 ... was the fifth Hoosier to finish at Pre-Nationals, clocking in at 25:54 ... ran to a first place finish at the Hoosier Invitational in 25:30.05 ... placed 66th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 31:45.3 as IU took second place as a team. Indoor: Clocked PRs of 4:17.42 in the mile, 8:31.04 in the 3,000m and 14:58.64 in the 5,000m. Outdoor: Ran a time of 9:17.82 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Border Battle ... clocked a 2:02.40 PR in the 800m and ran 4:01.12 in the 1,500m.
2010-11 (REDSHIRT): Cross Country: Redshirted. Indoor: Redshirted. Outdoor: Redshirted.
PREP: School record holder for Jim Nohl and Tom Gallagher at Cathedral ... ran PRs of 1:57 in the 800m and 4:24 in the 1,600m as well as the school record of 9:26 in the 3,200m ... took 17th at the state meet in the 3,200m in 2008.
PERSONAL: Son of Doug and Mary Laura Ricker ... has a sister, Aly, and two brothers, Chris and Nolan ... born May 26, 1991 ... exploratory major.
Coach Helmer on J.R.: "J.R. missed a lot of training his senior year due to injury after running a very solid 3200 PR in 2009. We think a little time and solid training will get him back on track and bring a nice jump in performance this year."
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