Men's Cross Country

    Hoosiers Ranked 17th (09-03-03)

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    Bloomington, IN - The Indiana men's cross country team is ranked 17th in the NCAA men's cross country preseason poll. This marks the fourth straight year that Indiana is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation. Last year, the Hoosiers started the season 23rd and climbed as high as 15th (Oct. 8 and 15).

    Indiana kicked off the 2003 campaign at the Indiana Open on Aug. 29 and returns to action Sept. 19 at the Indiana Intercollegiates at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute. The Hoosiers will attempt to win their third straight Indiana Intercollegiates championship, which takes place on the same course that hosted the 2002 NCAA Championships.

    IU head coach Robert Chapman relies on a veteran core of runners led by sophomore twin brothers Sean and John Jefferson. The Jefferson twins became the first IU rookies since Olympian Bob Kennedy (1988) to earn all-league honors in their inaugural campaign. John was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in cross country, the national runner-up in the indoor mile and qualified for the NCAA outdoor meet, while Sean qualified for the NCAA outdoor meet in the 5,000m and the finals of the USA Track and Field Championships in the 1500m. Sean Jefferson became just the seventh runner in school history to break 14 minutes for 5K.

    1 Stanford (15)
    2 Wisconsin (1)
    3 Arkansas
    4 Oregon
    5 Northern Arizona
    6 Colorado
    7 Michigan
    8 Central Michigan
    9 Iona College
    10= Eastern Michigan
    10= Villanova
    12 BYU
    13 Georgetown
    14 North Carolina State
    15 William & Mary
    16 Providence
    17 Indiana
    18 Notre Dame
    19 Minnesota
    20 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    21 Weber State
    22 Butler
    23 Colorado State
    24 Texas
    25 Oklahoma State
    26= Ohio State
    26= Iowa
    28= Portland
    28= Michigan State
    30 Montana State

    Also receiving votes: SMU 43, Texas A&M 41, Dartmouth 38, Princeton 30,
    New Mexico 25, Georgia 21, Washington 21, Arizona State 16, Columbia 13,
    Florida 12, Arizona 11, Air Force 9, Miami (Ohio) 8, Florida State 6,
    Duke 5, Alabama 3, Utah State 3, LaSalle 1.



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