Very Convincing Wins for the Hoosiers at Indiana Intercollegiates
Sept. 18, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The IU cross country program had an excellent day at Indiana Intercollegiate on Friday. Not only did the Hoosiers take team titles on the men's and women's sides, but they did it convincingly. The men's team, paced by redshirt sophomore Andrew Poore, bested the field of 20 teams and was 35 points better than the second-place squad. The women were paced by senior Wendi Robinson, who took second, and the team finished five points ahead of rival Purdue. The men finished with 20 points and the women with 47.
Poore was the first Hoosier to cross the line, but the rest of the Hoosier top five wasn't far behind at all, as they finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th and were all within 15 seconds of first place. Poore finished in 24:46, just one second behind race winner Rob Mullett of Butler. Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer was third in 24:52, junior Cole Hardacre was fourth in 24:53, redshirt freshman Zach Mayhew was fifth in 24:58 and redshirt sophomore Andrew Weatherford was sixth in 25:00. The Hoosiers scored 13 fewer points than in 2008, and the next closest team on the day was Indiana State with 55 points.
The men weren't the only IU runners in the top ten, as three Hoosier women were as well. Robinson was second in 17:32, just four seconds out of first, junior Sarah Pease took fourth in 17:41 and sophomore Chelsea Blanchard was sixth in 18:01. Rounding out the top five for IU were freshman Samantha Ginther in 17th and Molly Beckwith in 18th, both finishing in 18:57. The Hoosiers 47 point effort is ten points better than their score in 2008.
Also competing for IU on the day were senior Jenny Kulow who took 20th with a time of 19:04 and Natalie Goolik who finished 26th overall (19:07). On the men's side, Danny Stockberger took 41st (26:59) and Jacob Rich was 49th (27:13).
The Hoosiers return to action on October 2 at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University. For all things IU cross country, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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