Indiana Finishes Sixth, Wisconsin Takes Home Title at Great Lakes Regional Meet
Nov. 12, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a sunny day at the Indiana University cross country course, the Indiana men's cross country team turned in a solid sixth place finish with 172 points on Saturday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
Big Ten champion Wisconsin had another strong team performance, taking first place with 49 points, it marked the fourth straight Great Lakes Region title for the Badgers. Senior Brian Olinger of Ohio State pulled away from the pack near the 5K mark and cruised to the finish line with a time of 30:51.5 winning the individual title.
All-American Sean Jefferson provided another strong effort for the Hoosiers, finishing first for Indiana and taking third place overall in 31:07.9.
Rounding out the rest of the Hoosier runners were seniors Stephen Haas (17th, 31:33.0), Eric Redman (31st, 32:10.0), junior Marcus Aguilar (44th, 32:33.8), and senior Charlie Koeppen (77th, 33:26.6). Also running for the Hoosiers were freshmen Brennon Plotner (95th, 33:54.8) and Chris Honig (107th, 34:14.1)
"I just wanted to stay close to the top five and finish as high as I could to help the team reach nationals," Jefferson said. "This is a pretty tough course compared to most in the country and the coaches wanted us to keep it under control early. We run this course four or five times a week so we know this course better than anybody else. We know what it takes to do well here."
By finishing sixth, Indiana will have a chance at earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships to be held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 21. The winners of at-large bids will be announced on Monday, Nov. 14. Should the Hoosier qualify for the NCAA Championships it would be the fourth consecutive year they have done so. The last time an Indiana men's cross country team accomplished that feat was from 1955-1959 when Indiana qualified for five straight under head coach Gordon Fisher.
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