Nov. 12, 2011
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Indiana men's cross country team earned its spot in the NCAA Championships with a second place finish at the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday in Toledo. The Hoosiers tallied 70 points on the day, just 20 points behind Wisconsin. IU's top five runners finished in the top 30 overall including three in the top 10. The Indiana women took seventh-place overall to conclude its season.
The top two teams in each region automatically qualify for the NCAAs and IU earned that right for the second-consecutive season. Ben Hubers led the way for Indiana, running his way to a fifth-place finish in the 10K run. Hubers crossed the line in 30:21.3. He was followed by teammates Zach Mayhew in sixth and Andrew Poore in seventh. Mayhew clocked in side-by-side with Hubers at 30:21.3 as Poore posted a time of 30:25.0. Adrien Dannemiller took 23rd overall in 30:52.0 and Andrew Weatherford rounded out the IU scoring with a 29th-place finish in a time of 31:00.1.
Also running in the top seven for Indiana was Ben Bizuneh (48th, 31:29.5) and JR Ricker (66th, 31:45.3).
In the women's race, Samantha Ginther was the first Hoosier to cross the finish line in 14th place in the 6K run. Ginther's time was 20:58.3 and will have to wait until tomorrow to see if she was an individual qualifier for the NCAAs. Behind her in 25th was Chelsea Blanchard who finished in 21:16.6. Caitlin Engel took 39th overall in 21:35.0. Helene DeLone (54th, 21:52.6) and Breanne Ehrman (59th, 21:56.4) were the final IU runners to score points at the Regional.
The men will now head to the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 21. The meet will take place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com for NCAA Championships information.