Kyle Named All-American, Finishes 33rd at NCAA Cross Country Championships
Nov. 20, 2006
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Redshirt freshman Jordan Kyle earned his first NCAA All-American honor after placing 33rd in the 2006 NCAA Championships at the LaVern Golf Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
"Jordan ran a fantastic race," IU head men's cross country coach Robert Chapman said. "He did a great job of moving up throughout the race and showed a lot of poise for a freshman. He followed the game plan of being conservative and moving up. It was a very muddy race and with what he accomplished, he might be one of the toughest athletes I've ever coached. His toughness was the key component."
Kyle recorded a time of 31:39.3, earning his first-ever All-America nod. He extended the Hoosiers' streak of competing at the national meet to an eighth consecutive year, the longest in school history.
"The course was really muddy and from the start I knew that I needed to be really patient and work my way up during the race and not get discouraged," Kyle said. "I'm excited about being an All-American. This is another good development as to what the team will be able to accomplish in the future."
Kyle becomes IU's 15th All-American in men's cross country. He is the first IU freshman to earn All-America honors since Bob Kennedy in 1988 and only the third freshman to be an All-American (Jim Spivey and Kennedy in 1978 and 1988, respectively) in program history. Kyle was the third freshman among the field and the first American born freshman to finish.
Kyle and the Hoosiers open the 2007 indoor track and field season January 6, with the Indiana Open at 11 a.m. (EST) in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
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