Helmer and the Hoosiers Ready for the 2007 Cross Country Season
Aug. 20, 2007
Indiana returns a corps of veterans that paced the Hoosiers in 2006. Kyle leads the returning pack, which just lost one senior in Marcus Aguilar, after becoming the 15th All-American in IU men's cross country history. His time of 31:39.3 placed him 33rd overall at last season's NCAA Championships, after clocking a time of 31:02.43 to finish third at the Great Lakes Regional meet in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Kyle is joined by second team All-Big Ten and fellow all-region honoree in junior Tim McLeod. He led the Hoosiers with a 12th place finish at the Big Ten Championships before recording a personal-best time of 31:46.67 in the regional 10K for 20th place overall.
Redshirt junior Brennon Plotner also competed in every race for the Hoosiers last season. He recorded a team best finish of ninth place at the Indiana Open with a time of 26:32 in the 8K and went on to post a season-best time of 24:45.36 as the Hoosiers won the George Mason Invitational on Sept. 30. Plotner also recorded a personal best at the Great Lakes Regional 10K with a time of 32:17.79.
Indiana boasts eight newcomers, including freshmen Ben Hubers, Cole Hardacre and De'Sean Turner. Hubers, a nine-time regional champion in the 1,600-meters, 3,200-meters and 5K at McEachern (Ga.) High School, joins the Hoosier program after finishing 11th at last season's Foot Locker Cross Country Championships with a time of 15:36 in the national meet. He owns personal-best times of 1:54 in the 800-meters, 4:04.98 in the mile and 8:57 in the 3,200-meters. Hubers also placed second in the mile at the 2007 Nike Outdoor National meet.
Hardacre, who finished third at the Indiana state cross country meet in 2006, brings a personal-best 5K time of 15:21 to IU. He also posted career times of 9:04 in the 3,200-meters and 4:16 in the 1,600-meters at Pendelton Heights (Ind.) High School. Hardacre won the Midwest Meet of Champions 3,200-meter run title and was the state runner-up in the same event his senior year.
Turner, the 2006 Indiana state cross country champion, posted personal-best times of 49.9 in the 400-meters, 1:51.9 in the 800-meters, 4:08.34 in the 1,600-meters, 9:01.15 in the 3,200-meters and 15:07 in the 5K at Warren Central (Ind.) High School. He holds every Warren Central cross country record and 12 track records after helping lead the Warriors to back-to-back cross country state titles in 2005 and 2006, as well as back-to-back track and field state championships in 2006 and 2007.
The incoming class of Hoosiers also includes redshirt freshman Seth Ball (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard), and freshmen Andrew Poore (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard), Jacob Rich (Indianapolis, Ind./Carmel), Danny Stockberger (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) and Andy Weatherford (Greencastle, Ind./Greencastle).
The Hoosiers open the 2007 schedule when they host the Indiana Invitational 8K on the IU Cross Country Championship Course on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Hoosiers will then battle some of the best teams in the state when they compete at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday, Sept. 14, in West Lafayette. After a week off, IU will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the 22nd annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Hoosiers haven't competed at Griak since 2003.
Indiana will get back on the course on Saturday, Oct. 13, when it competes in the Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind., site of the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Following the Big Ten Championship, which will be held in Columbus, Ohio, and hosted by the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, Oct. 28, the Hoosiers will host the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10. This year's regional meet marks the first one in Bloomington since 2005 and the second time IU has been the host.
The Hoosiers will then wrap up the season with the NCAA Championships on the LaVern Gibson Golf Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 19.
Indiana officially gets the season underway with its first practice on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
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