Men's Cross Country

    Men's Cross Country Travels to Indiana Intercollegiates

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 12, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers hit the road for their second meet of the season when they travel north to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Indiana Intercollegiates, hosted by Purdue. The men's 8K race is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m. ET at the Purdue University Championship Course on Friday, Sept. 14. The race includes all divisions of Indiana colleges and universities only.

    Last season, Indiana did not compete at Intercollegiates. In 2005, the Hoosiers finished second at the annual state meet tallying 42 points, following Indiana State (31).

    The Ron Helmer Era at Indiana opened with the Hoosiers placing six among the top 10, as they hosted IUPUI in the Indiana Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Bloomington.

    Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle led the way winning the 8K race in 26:03. Junior Timothy McLeod was on his heels as he finished just one second later with a time of 26:04. Freshman Jacob Rich placed fifth with time of 26:38, redshirt junior Mark Fruin crossed the finish line in 26:39 for sixth, freshman Cole Hardacre placed seventh with a time of 26:40 and redshirt junior Brennon Plotner finished eighth with a time of 26:41.



    Also competing for the Hoosiers were redshirt sophomore Tyler McCreary (14th, 27:56), redshirt junior Paul Coover (15th, 28:16), redshirt sophomore Tom Martin (17th, 28:29) and redshirt freshman Seth Ball (18th, 29:22).

    All-American Jordan Kyle picked up where he left off last seson at the head of the Hoosier pack.

    Kyle paced the Hoosiers at last weekend's Indiana Invitational, placing first in 26:03.

    Last season, Kyle was Indiana's top finisher in three of four meets, including the George Mason Invitational on Sept. 30, where he finished first overall with a personal-best time of 24:45.36. His top finish earned him Big Ten Runner of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 3, which was the first time a Hoosier earned the honor since Sean Jefferson on September 21, 2004.

    Junior Timothy McLeod took second at the Indiana Invitational, just one second behind leader Jordan Kyle with a time of 26:04.

    McLeod finished among the top four for the Hoosiers in every meet last season, including leading IU as the first Hoosier to cross the finish line at the Big Ten Championships where he took 12th overall with a time of 24:46.

    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.

    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.

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