Men's Cross Country

    Men's Cross Country to Host Indiana Invitational This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! First-year IU head coach Ron Helmer and the Hoosiers open the season at home with the Indiana Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!
    First-year IU head coach Ron Helmer and the Hoosiers open the season at home with the Indiana Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 6, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers opens the 2007 cross country season with the Indiana Invitiational on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the IU Cross Country Championship Course. The men's 8K race is slated for 9:30 a.m. ET and will put the Hoosiers up against IUPUI.

    Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle earned his first NCAA All-America honor after placing 33rd in the 2006 NCAA Championships at the LaVern Golf Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 20.

    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.

    Kyle became IU's 15th All-American in men's cross country. He was 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.

    Ron Helmer was named the Indiana Director and Head Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field on May 25, 2007. Helmer served in the same capacity at Georgetown University the last eight years.

    Helmer was promoted to director in July 1999 after serving as associate head coach with the Hoyas for seven seasons and assistant coach for the five years prior. During his tenure, 120 of his student-athletes earned a total of 342 All-American recognitions, including 41 student-athletes receiving 96 certificates since becoming director in 1999. In addition, 219 student-athletes captured BIG EAST individual titles, including 67 since the start of the 1999-00 academic year.

    With the return of All-American Jordan Kyle and a group of talented veterans, first year head coach Ron Helmer and the Hoosiers are set for the 2007 season.

    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 also returns redshirt sophomores Evan Bardach, Tyler McCreary, Tom Martin and Darryl Stevenson, and redshirt juniors in Paul Coover and Mark Fruin.

    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.

    The Indiana University men's cross country team was honored as a 2006 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team.

    The Hoosiers were one of 86 teams that received the team honor for the 2006 season as Indiana boasted a team GPA of 3.060. To be honored as an All-Academic team, teams were required to compete in an NCAA regional meet and have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    Indiana also received honors for its academic successes as it placed four runners on the 2006 Big Ten Academic All-Conference team, including redshirt junior Paul Coover, redshirt sophomores Jordan Kyle, Tom Martin and Darryl Stevenson.



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