Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Open Season Hosting the Annual Sam Bell Invitational
Season Opener Open to All
Five women's teams (Eastern Illinois, Depaul, Missouri-Kansas City, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Illinois) will compete against the Hoosiers on Friday, September 1, 2000 as Indiana hosts the third annual Sam Bell Invitational. The meet will be held on the cross country course located behind the IU golf course and will kick off with the women's 4K race at 4:30 p.m. Immediately following the women's race, the IU men will take on five teams (Eastern Illinois, Depaul, Missouri-Kansas City, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Big Ten rival Wisconsin's B team).
All parents, relatives, and friends attending, whether cheering for an Indiana athlete or an oppenent, are invited to a cookout held on the course after the conclusion of the meet. The cost is $3 per individual and persons interested must contact Trudy Wright in the Track Office at (812) 855-8583.
In Honor of a Legend
The Sam Bell Invitational is an annual home event for the Hoosiers. The meet is named after the legendary Indiana head coach Sam Bell. Bell coached the Hoosier men from 1969-1997 and the women from 1981-1997. A total of 22 All-Americans and four NCAA champions ran under Bell at Indiana. Despite his accomplishments, Bell continues to contribute to the realm of track and field and the world of sports. He is currently the President of the United States Track Coaches Association and, in December, he will run for President of the USA Track and Field organization.
Sam Bell Invitational Men's Results
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Sam Bell Invitational Women's Results
Racing for Results
Complete race results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing the Men's and/or Women's Cross Country link(s) from the main menu. For more information contact Brooke Nash at (812) 855-9399 or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of the Hoosiers
Dr. Robert Chapman begins his third season as Head Men's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. Last season, under Chapman's guidance, the Hoosiers jumped five spots in the Big Ten standings. One has to go back to 1993 to see the last time a team made such an improvement from one season to the next at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship. With his first recruiting class being one of the nation's best and the most recent containing the same grade of talent, Chapman is looking towards even greater success in 2000.
Judy Bogenschutz also begins her third season as Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. In the fall of 1999, Bogenschutz led the squad to it's making the largest single improvement by any team at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship since 1994. A handful of her distance runners were factors in the Indiana Women's Track and Field team's undefeated 2000 seasons and Indoor and Outdoor Big Ten Championship team titles. Bogenschutz looks for that success to carry over into the fall.
Men's Coach Dr. Robert Chapman: "The key for us at this first meet is to not only give our top guys a workout but also to find out at what level many of our runners are at after both a summer of training and three weeks of official practice."
Women's Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "If we are going to be a team to vie for a spot at Nationals and one that leads the Big Ten, we need to have our top five runners grouping very well and the purpose of this competition is to see how well we can do that while returning to race mode."
In terms of the competition the women will face, the Depaul Blue Demons team finished seventh at the 1999 Conference USA Championships. The Panthers of Eastern Illinois posted a third place finish in the 1999 Ohio Valley Conference Championships and a 19th place finish in the Midwest Regionals. The Fighting Illini bring in Big Ten Conference competition for the Indiana women. Indiana topped Illinois by five places in the 1999 Big Ten Championship. UMKC features Jill Smith who posted the school's eighth fastest time in the 5K last season with an 18:46. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's team finished 7th in the 1999 Mid-Western Collegiate Conference.
The men will face Depaul, who placed tenth at the Conference USA Championships last season. Returner Eric Giandelone was Depaul's top finisher at that meet as well as three of their other six meets. The Eastern Illinois Panthers finished runner-up in the 1999 Ohio Valley Conference Championship. Their season ended with a tenth place finish in the Midwest Region. UMKC Junior Jon Kelley holds the school's eighth fastest time in the 8K (25:37), which he set last season. Wisconsin-Green Bay finished 7th as a team in the 1999 Mid-Western Collegiate Conference. University of Wisconsin will bring in Big Ten competition for the men.
The Competition's Coaches
The Depaul women and men are coached by Gordon Thomson with the Eastern Illinois men and women headed by John McInerney. The Fighting Illini women are led by Gary Winckler while Geoff Masanet was recently appointed the head coaching position for men's and women's cross country at UMKC. The UWGB Phoenix men and women are headed by Mike Kline while Wisconsin men's cross country coach Jerry Schumacher will bring his Badgers into the competition.
And Now, Your Indiana Hoosiers:
Many of these distance athletes were a part of the exciting 2000 indoor and outdoor track seasons, in which the women were undefeated and claimed BigTen team titles in both seasons. The taste of success will only make IU women's cross country hungry for more. Running unattached in the women's race will be Amy Clippard, Amber Macy, Natasha Nazarova, Lindsay Speer, and Melissa Todd.
Gone Blonde Bell
While her hair color may differ, do not mistake sophomore Amanda Bell for anyone else as she continues to exhibit and build upon her raw talent. The change will only make it easier to pick her out on the NCAA Championship course in Ames, Iowa. An All-Big Ten selection last year, Bell was the team's top runner in every race and posted the best Big Ten and NCAA Regional finish by an Indiana runner since the early 1990's.
Hammond Heats Up
Sophomore Allyson Hammond hasn't cooled off after qualifying for Junior Nationals in the summer of 2000 and competing in the 1500m against national caliber runners. She posted a fifth place time of 4:39. With her consistent improvement last year, moving from the top four to Indiana's No. 2 runner at the NCAA Regionals where she placed 18th, Bogenschutz is hopeful for Hammond's continued success.
Junior Erin Womble was one of the Hoosiers' top five runners five times last season as well as being an All-Big Ten candidate. Womble exhibited her endurance capabilities as she ran the mile, the 3K, and the 5K during the 2000 track season. With her strong performances, she will look to be a major factor in Indiana's cross country achievements this fall.
Moving Up Magley
The 1999 cross country season saw junior Stephanie Magley post her top two collegiate career times. Her rocket burst at the finish of the 800m Outdoor Big Ten preliminaries led her to PR by four seconds (2:11.86). She is one of the most experienced Hoosiers and her transition from a runner to a racer should shine this season.
Senior Courtney Bell, a transfer from Missouri, has plans to make the most of her final cross country season. Bell had her first injury-free collegiate season in 1999 and, in 2000, posted top outdoor track times in the 800m (2:12) and the 1,500m (4:39). As the team's lone senior, she will look to use her fierce competitiveness to fuel the team as she rounds out the top group for the Hoosiers.
Breaking Through Bevins
Sophomore Whitney Bevins competed in four meets for the Hoosiers last season and has since exhibited marked improvement. This year she will look to crack Indiana's top five and score for the Hoosiers.
Sockin' It To 'Em Suzanne
Junior Suzanne Botkin competed in six meets for the Hoosiers last season, one of which included her first appearance in the Big Ten Cross Country Championship race. This year she will again look to support her team's depth.
Who's That Girl?
Newcomers to collegiate competition include freshmen Heidi Crowley, Becky Obrecht, Giavonni Nickson, Kelli Lipps, and Illinois Indoor 800m State Champ Audrey Giesler. Two sophomores, Megan Glover and Lauren Weddell, are emerging from redshirt seasons and will look to surprise the competition.
Mixing it Up With the Men:
Coach Chapman will mix up the roster on Friday and it is not definite. Running attached for Indiana will most likely be Andrews, Billish, Brooks, Gillen, Gooden, Powers, Phariss, Zeha, and Purcell. Running unattached will be possible redshirt George as well as Chandler, Arnold, Sweetman, Burns, Paley, Taylor, and DeWitte. Other unattached competitors include Kevin Atkins, Tom Burns, Jeremy Combs, Jerod Galvin, Bruce Lundborg, Jarod Richardson, Josh Trissler, and Chris Wadington.
Senior Aaron Gillen has been a mainstay for the Hoosiers. He has been one of the Hoosiers' top two runners for much of the last two seasons. The leadership he exhibits and his ability to handle pressure situations makes him Indiana's 'go-to-guy.'
Senior Tom Brooks has evolved into one of Indiana's top runners. He has improved his beginning cross country times by over one minute and, during the 2000 track season, proved himself to be one of the top 3000m steeplechase runners in the Big Ten. His rise in performance will provide consistency for the Hoosiers this year.
Fifth-year senior Dan Billish brings his mid-distance thrills to the cross country hills and has shown the ability and determination to convert into a solid cross country athlete. This 1:51.72 half mile runner also posts impressive times in the 8K (25:08.32) and 10K (38:28.07).
Sophomore Chad Andrews played a key role for the Hoosiers as a freshman. In the last four meets of 1999 (Loyola Invite, Pre-NCAA, Big Ten Championship, and NCAA Great Lakes Regional), Andrews was ranked in the top five for the Hoosiers. The 2000 season should see him solidify the top five pack.
Power Inside Powers
Powerful performance is the only description for sophomore Chris Powers' 1999 cross country season. After ranking as one of Indiana's top five runners in three of the most important meets of the year (Pre-NCAA, Big Ten Championship, and NCAA Regionals) as a freshman, potential waits to be fulfilled in 2000.
Bart On the Charts
As a prep, Bart Pharris entered Indiana as a cross country state champ (junior year) and state record holder in the 3,200 m (9:28). He placed 17th at the World Cross Country Junior team trials and was redshirted as a freshman. Now a sophomore, Pharris is ready to break into competition.
New Guy Gooden
Look for sophomore Nathan Gooden of Mt. Vernon, Indiana on the course Friday. This will be his first year of competition after a redshirt freshman year.
Sophomore Jeff Zeha is ready to ride after his freshman redshirt season. Zeha placed 34th at the World Cross Country Junior team trials in 1999. In 2000, Zeha won the 3000m steeplechase at Junior Nationals and competed in the USA vs. Canada Dual Meet in the same event.
Says Coach Chapman of sophomore Nathan Purcell as he also comes off a redshirt season, "I consider Nathan to be perhaps the biggest wild card on our team. If things start clicking for him, he has the potential to be an All-American."
Which Way Did He Go, George?
To the finish and fast. Coach Chapman has been so impressed by freshman Kurtis George's performance in practice that the debate exists whether or not to redshirt him in his first season. The cousin of fellow IU teammate Chad Andrews racked up cross country prep awards by winning the semi-state championship as a junior and senior, and placing third in the state his senior year.
Judd the Stud
This fresh 'horse' from Edina, Minnesota will most likely redshirt for eligibility. But, freshman Judd Arnold has a record which proves his worth. His times include 50.2 in the 400m, 1:55.2 in the 800m, 4:22.36 in the 1600m, and 9:40 in the 3200m.
Kevin with the Kick
Junior Kevin Chandler has worked hard for his amazing improvement over the years. In 1999, before being sidelined with a season-ending injury, Chandler was one of Indiana's top five runners in the first two meets. No Sweat for Sweetman
Also keep an eye out for sophomore Matt Sweetman. He is among the many talented freshman brought in and redshirted in 1999 ready to compete in 2000.
Burning It Up
Freshman Thomas Burns of Hammond, Indiana will run unattached. He harbors a great range of speed in the 400m (53.0), the 800m (1:58), and the 1600m (4:18.5).
DeWitte Won't Quit
Sophomore Rob DeWitte is Indiana's 'best technician in the steeplechase' and will look to bring that talent onto the cross country course this season.
Senior Tom Taylor is a transfer from Ball State University now eligible for competition after redshirting last season. Not only is he talented (1:56.32 for the 800m and 4:14.46 for the mile) but he brings experience to the team.
Pushing It Paley
Junior Doug Paley of Clayton, Missouri will round out the group of Hoosiers running unattached.