Men's Cross Country

    Six Seniors Lead Hoosiers Into 2005 Campaign

    Go Hoosiers! William Coale is one of six seniors on the Hoosier roster this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    William Coale is one of six seniors on the Hoosier roster this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 5, 2005

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-If the Indiana men's cross country team plans on improving on their 18th place finish, it will depend heavily on the success of the team's six returning seniors, William Coale, Stephen Haas John Jefferson, Sean Jefferson, Charlie Koeppen, and Eric Redman.

    The men's and women's cross-country teams begin their regular season competition by hosting the Indiana Intercollegiates Friday Sept. 16th at 3:30 p.m. Below is a short bio on each of the senior student-athletes.

    William Coale SENIOR YEAR (2004) Captured first-place honors at the annual Indiana Open • won the 7k race with a time of 16:29.0 • ran in his first NCAA Championship meet • finished among the top 250 runners at the meet • placed 80th overall at the Big Ten Championships, helping IU to a runner-up finish.

    JUNIOR YEAR (2003) Placed fifth at the Indiana Open with a time of 23:29.70.

    Stephen Haas UNIOR YEAR (2004) Was IU's third-best finisher at the NCAA Championship, taking a 131st place overall • finished 24th overall at the Big Ten Championships, helping the Hoosier squad to a second-place finish • placed 41st in 31:21.2 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet • broke two school records during the indoor season, including Bob Kennedy's 14-year old mark in the 5,000m with a time of 13:41.42 and the 3,000m (7:51.00) • earned All-American accolades at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships after placing ninth and 11th overall, respectively, in the 5,000m • Came in second at the 2005 Mideast Regional in the 5,000m

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2003) At the NCAA Championship, finished with a career-best time of 31:16.4 • placed 49th at the NCAA Regional with a time of 31:35.2 • placed fifth at the Indiana Intercollegiates with a time of 25:00.7 • placed fourth out of 215 at the Indiana Open with a time of 24:58.5 • In track, ran 14:06.29 in the 5K to place sixth at the Tyson Invitational • anchored the Big Ten runner-up DMR with a 4:06 anchor leg.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2002) Was slowed by a foot injury that forced him to miss the Indiana Intercollegiates and the ISU Invite • top 8K performance came at the Pre-NCAAs in Terre Haute (25:44), and the top 10K outing was at NCAA Championships (32:19.4) • fifth in the 10K at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

    REDSHIRT YEAR (2001) Redshirted • during the indoor season, 14:25.21 for 5,000m at the Smith Barney Invitational in Indianapolis, establishing an Indiana University freshman class record • ran 8:19.75 for 3,000m at the Indiana Intersquad to become the 19th Hoosier to break 8:20 indoors • competed in the 10,000m at the USATF Junior National Championships on June 21, 2002 • Born April 18, 1983

    John Jefferson JUNIOR YEAR (2004) Ran the team's second-fastest time at the NCAA Championship (32:50.8), good for 122nd-place overall • captured a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Region en route to helping the Hoosiers take a fifth-place standing • helped IU to a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championship, finishing ninth overall in the 8,000m race • during the indoor track season, became just the 266th American to run a sub-4-minute mile at the Meyo Classic in South Bend • twin brother Sean accomplished the same feat, making them just the 14th set of brothers and fourth set of twins to break four minutes in the mile • of the 14 sets of brothers, they are the first that are both American born • earned his third All-American honor at the NCAA Indoor Championship with a seventh-place finish in the mile • qualified for Mideast Regional in the 1,500m.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2003) Sat out entire 2003 season with a knee injury.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2002) John and Sean Jefferson became the first IU rookies since Olympian Bob Kennedy (1988) to earn all-league honors in their inaugural campaign • John Jefferson was the top Indiana runner in every meet during the season • was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year for his fourth-place overall finish in the league, joining Kennedy (1988) and Marcus Bakken (1997) as the only IU runners to ever win this award • posted a career-best 24:07 performance in the 8K event • named Big Ten Runner of the Week for the period ending Sept. 22 after he won the Indiana Intercollegiates individual title to help his team to its second Intercollegiates title in three years • Big Ten champion and NCAA indoor runner-up in the mile • competed in the 1,500m at USA Track and Field Championships • also was the Mt. Sac 1,500m champion.

    REDSHIRT YEAR (2001) Redshirted.

    PREP/PERSONAL All-state in cross country from sophomore to senior year • never placed below third in all those years, runner-up as a sophomore and senior • Foot Locker All-American in the two mile as a sophomore • 29th as a junior at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship • cross country team state champs as a senior • (800m - 1:51, 1600m - 4:05, 3,200m - 9:14, 5K - 15:00) • high school coaches: Mike McPherson and Jerry Fogarty • born December 30, 1982 • Major: Management in Public Affairs

    Sean Jefferson JUNIOR YEAR (2004) Placed 34th overall with a time of 31:45.7 to earn All-America honors for the second year in a row and lead Indiana at the NCAA Championship to an 18th-place tie • became just the fourth IU cross country athlete in school history to earn All-America accolades at least twice in his career • was IU's top finisher in six out of seven meets, including an eighth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship where the Hoosiers captured second-place honors • during the indoor track season, broke Jim Spivey's 23-year old school record in the mile with a career-best run of 3:56.44 seconds, finishing in first place at the Meyo Classic in South Bend • in doing so, became just the 265th American to run a sub-4-minute mile • twin brother John accomplished the same feat, making them just the 14th set of brothers and fourth set of twins to break four minutes in the mile, of the 14 sets of brothers, they are the first that are both American born • earned his second All-American accolade at the NCAA Indoor Championship with a second-place finish in the mile • runner-up in the 1,500m at the Mideast Regional meet • captured a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a career-best 3:38.91 to earn his fifth All-American accolade (track and cross country combined).

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2003) Earned All-American honors after placing 19th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship with a time of 29:57.7 • named IU's Athlete of the Year • became the national champion in the mile at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship with a then-personal best time of 4:00.16 • finished 21st with a time of 24:46.7 at the 2003 Big Ten Championship • led IU to a fifth-place finish at NCAA Regional after placing third with a time of 30:41.0 • during the outdoor track and field season, was the Mt. Sac Relays 1,500m champion and the Big Ten 1,500m champion.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2002) Sean and John Jefferson became the first Indiana rookies since Olympian Bob Kennedy (1988) to earn all-league honors in their inaugural campaign • Sean was the Hoosiers' No. 2 runner in every meet but one during the year • his top 8K time came at the Big Ten Championship, when he finished sixth overall with a time of 24:13 • also posted a sub 24:30 performance at the Pre-NCAA meet (24:22) • qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the 5,000m • finished 11th in the 1,500m finals at the USA Track and Field Championships.

    REDSHIRT YEAR (2001) Redshirted.

    PREP/PERSONAL State runner-up in the two mile as a freshman, state champion next three years • owns 3,200m state record • third in state in cross country as a sophomore and senior and runner-up as a sophomore • took 31st at Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship as a junior • (800 meters - 1:52, 1,600m - 4:07, 3,200 meters - 8:59, 5K-15:02) • high school coaches: Mike McPherson and Jerry Fogarty • born December 30, 1982 • Major: General Studies.

    Charlie Koeppen SENIOR YEAR (2004) Made his third-straight (second while at Indiana) NCAA Championship appearance, where he was the sixth-best finisher on the IU squad, finishing 241st overall in 36:13.6 • also finished in the top 50 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet • clocked a 26:24.6 (202nd) at the Pre-NCAA meet.

    JUNIOR YEAR (2003) Placed 97th at the NCAA Championship with a time of 31:03.3 • helped IU to a fifth-place finish at NCAA Regional after posting a time of 31:56.6 • placed 11th at the Pre-NCAA race with a time of 25:13.7 • finished 32nd at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 25:07.9.

    Eric Redman JUNIOR YEAR (2004) Ran IU's fifth-fastest time at the NCAA Championship, good for a 165th-finish overall (33:16.4) • helped Hoosiers to fifth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet, after posting a 37th-place finish (31:10.8) • came in the top 50 at the Big Ten Championship (45th overall) to guide IU to a runner-up finish • Mideast Region qualifier in the 1,500m.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2003) Best finish in the 10K came at the NCAA Regional, where he placed 33rd with a time of 31:15.6 • best 8K finish came at the Pre-NCAAs, where he placed 42nd with a time of 24:20.1 • named Academic All-Big Ten for the second year in a row • ran 1,200m leg on Tyson Invitational Champion and school record-setting DMR • placed fifth in the mile at the Big Ten Indoor Championship.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2002) Academic All-Big Ten honoree • was Indiana's third runner at the Pre-NCAA meet, finishing the 8K course in 25:01 • his career-best 8K effort came at the Big Ten meet, when he was fourth for the Hoosiers and 32nd overall (24:58) • was Indiana's third man at the NCAA Cross Country Championship.

    REDSHIRT YEAR (2001) Redshirted.

    PREP/PERSONAL All-State in track and cross country as a junior and senior • all-conference in track and cross country last three seasons • high school coach: Rick Stover • born December 25, 1982 • Major: Political Science

     

     

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