Plotner Leads the Hoosiers at Indiana Open
Sept. 9, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's cross country team started the competitive part of their season Saturday, Sept. 9 as it hosted the Indiana Open.
With several teams in town, including Big Ten rivals Minnesota and Purdue, it was a strong test to kick off the 2006 campaign. The Indiana coaching staff was pleased with the team's early season performance.
"I feel good about how we did today," Indiana coach Robert Chapman said. "Four of our runners had never run an 8K race before. It was a good opportunity for them to see where they are at. We are going to depend on them to fill at least one spot in our top five for the Big Ten Championships later this season and it is important for them to get this experience."
Assistant coach Stephen Haas was also pleased with how the young team did without the veteran leadership the team had last year.
"I thought the guys did well considering we had a hard week, especially Brennon (Plotner)," Haas said. "It was good for them because they ran with tired legs today and that is how the next few weeks will be for them. With a younger team coach Chapman and I have to do a lot of small things like managing the team. Last year we just knew where to go for everything. We are a young team this year, and some of the older guys who have run before, didn't run today."
Sophomore Brennon Plotner took first for the Hoosiers, running a career-best 26:32, placing ninth overall. Also finishing for Indiana were freshmen Darryl Stevenson (25.51, 12th), Tom Martin (27.14, 17th), Tyler McCreary (27:39, 23rd) and sophomore Paul Coover finishing with a time of 28:02 for 26th place.
The next race for the Hoosiers will be on Friday, Sept. 15 as the team travels to Terre Haute, Ind., site of the 2006 NCAA Championships, for the Indiana Intercollegiates.
*Indicates career-best time
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