Bayer, IU Men Second at Big Tens
Oct. 31, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - The Indiana men's cross country team posted its best Big Ten finish since 2004 at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The team took second, led by a second-place finish from sophomore Andy Bayer. The women improved from seventh a year ago to fifth with Sarah Pease leading the way in fifth place. Sophomore Zach Mayhew earned second team All-Big Ten honors with 11th place. The IU men finished second to Wisconsin, marking the 12th-straight win by the Badgers. The IU men finished with a score of 75 and the women scored 117.
Bayer took the lead with 250 meters to go and would have taken the win if the course were a foot shorter. Landon Peacock of Wisconsin out-leaned Bayer at the line to win by 0.5 seconds. Bayer finished in 23:41.3. He is the best Hoosier finisher since Bob Kennedy won the meet in 1992. Zach Mayhew was the second Hoosier to cross the line, claiming his second All-Big Ten honors in as many years. He finished 11th in 24:01. Ben Hubers narrowly missed out on All-Big Ten accolades, taking 15th in 24:09.
Pease took fifth for first team All-Big Ten honors after earning second team accolades a year ago. Pease finished in 20:24, which was just three seconds out of fourth. Chelsea Blanchard was the second Hoosier to cross the line, recovering from an early fall in the race to finish one spot out of All-Big Ten honors with 15th. Blanchard finished in 20:49.
IU's top eight finishers were all in the top 40. Lyndsey Wall was the third Hoosier in 21:04 for 29th, Samantha Ginther was 32nd in 21:09 and Kelsey Duerksen was 36th in 21:15 to round out the top five. Caitlin Engel was 37th in 21:16, Erica Ridderman was 38th in 21:17 and Helene DeLone was 39th in 21:20.
The Hoosiers return to action at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Rochester, Mich., on Nov. 13. For complete coverage of all things IU cross country, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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