Men's Cross Country

    Men Head to Intercollegiates (9/14/04)

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Robert Chapman's cross country team travels to West Lafayette, Ind. for the 66th running of the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday, Sept. 17. The men's 8K will begin at 5:15 p.m. The Hoosier men have dominated the Intercollegiates recently, winning the last three championships and seven of the last 10 events.


    On the Indiana Intercollegiates:

    "Our goal is to get a good workout in and keep everyone healthy. Training is going well and everything is on track. (The Indiana Intercollegiates) is good because it gives ours guys an opportunity for an up-tempo effort in a large pack race environment."

    IU At The Indiana Intercollegiates: Indiana has fared well at the Indiana Intercollegiates since 1998. (The 2001 Indiana Intercollegiates were cancelled due to the Sept. 11 national tragedies).

    Indiana Intercollegiates Results
    Year Place Site Team Champion

    1998 4th Purdue Indiana St.

    1999 2nd Indiana St. Butler

    2000 1st Indiana Indiana

    2001 Cancelled

    2002 1st Indiana Indiana

    2003 1st Indiana St. Indiana

    Last Time At The Intercollegiates: Here is a look at how the Hoosier individuals finished at the Intercollegiates last season.

    1. Chad Andrews 24:52.2

    1. Chris Powers 24:52.3

    1. Sean Jefferson 24:52.4

    4. Eric Redman 24:58.5

    5. Stephen Haas 25:00.7

    7. Tom Burns 25:05.8

    10. Nathan Gooden 25:13.3




    Sept. 3 * Bloomington, Ind. * 5 p.m.

    Team: No Team Score Individual: Billy Coale (1st)


    Sept. 17 * West Lafayette, Ind. * 4:45 p.m.

    Team: ###### Individual: ######


    Oct. 1 * South Bend, Ind. * 4 p.m.

    Team: ###### Individual: ######


    Oct. 16 * Terre Haute, Ind. * 10 a.m.

    Team: ###### Individual: ######


    Oct. 31 * Iowa City, Iowa * 10:30 a.m.

    Team: ###### Individual: ######


    Nov. 13 * Ypsilanti, Mich. * 11 a.m.

    Team: ###### Individual: ######


    Nov. 22 * Terre Haute, Ind. * 11 a.m.

    Team: ###### Individual: ######

    Last week: The men's cross country team was idle last week.

    Hoosiers On The Web: For the latest information on Indiana cross country, please refer to the official IU athletics website,

    Welcome Back: Former Big Ten Freshman of the Year, junior John Jefferson (Delray Beach, Fla.) is rejoining the squad after taking a redshirt year last season.

    Adding to the Trophy Case: In the final day of the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, then-sophomore Sean Jefferson (Delray Beach, Fla.) stole the show with an NCAA Championship mile after turning in a new personal best of 4:00.16.

    The Coach: Dr. Robert Chapman is in his seventh season as head men's cross country coach at Indiana University. He also serves as the distance coach at for the IU Track and Field team.

    Chapman guided the men's cross country team to a 12th-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships, mentoring a pair of All-Americans in Sean Jefferson and Chris Powers. The 2003 team's finish was the best for an Indiana squad since the 1987 team took 10th. Sean Jefferson finished 19th overall, the best finish for a Hoosier since Bob Kennedy in 1992.

    IU has been nationally ranked in the USCCCA Top 25 Poll every year for the past four years, and has posted three top-25 NCAA Championship finishes during that time.

    During his tenure at Indiana, Chapman has also had individual success in track, coaching three Big Ten Champions, an NCAA Champion (Sean Jefferson, indoor mile, 2004), a USATF Junior National Champion (Jeff Zeha, 3000m Steeplechase, 2000), and a USATF Senior National Champion (Tom Chorny, 3000m Steeplechase, 2001). In six short years, athletes in his charge have earned a total of eight NCAA All-American certificates.

    Chapman has long been a familiar face in Bloomington. His development began in the fall of 1991 as a graduate assistant for IU's cross country and track teams, where he was mentored by Sam Bell. Chapman earned his master of science in exercise physiology during this time, graduating in the spring of 1992.

    He then left IU to be the head coach for men's and women's cross country at Sierra College in Rocklin, California. Having just turned 23 years old, Chapman held the honor of being the youngest collegiate head coach in America at the time.

    At Sierra, Chapman's impact was felt immediately. Both the men's and women's cross country squads qualified for the 1992 California Cross Country Championship, the first time that feat had occurred at Sierra in nine years.

    Chapman returned to Indiana in the fall of 1993 as a volunteer assistant coach. Just as important, Chapman spent his next three years working toward a PhD in human performance and exercise physiology.

    He earned his Ph. D in 1996, and took a position as a research fellow at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine in Dallas, Texas. While conducting research centered on limitations to performance in elite athletes, Chapman served as project coordinator for USA Track and Field's and the U.S. Olympic Committee's funded research on the "live high-train low" altitude training model.

    In 1997 Chapman recruited 27 of America's best-emerging elite distance athletes to participate in the most extensive research to date on the effects of altitude training on distance runners.

    The group was probably the most elite ever to gather for research on the limits of distance running performance since the 1970s. The results of the 1997 study helped to greatly impact the way top Americans and the world elite are training.

    Chapman's research on exercise physiology and limitations to performance has been published in top medical journals, such as the Journal of Applied Physiology, Respiration Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

    He has authored a chapter on altitude for the medical textbook Exercise and Sports Science, as well as a position paper on altitude training for USA Track and Field's Sports Science Committee. Considered as one of America's foremost authorities on altitude training and applied exercise science for the elite distance runner, Chapman has made formal presentations at a wide range of scientific meetings and coaching seminars.

    Chapman started his coaching career in 1990 with the girls cross country and track & field program at his high school alma mater, Boulder City High School (Nevada). In his two seasons, Boulder City was the class AA state champions in track in both 1990 and 1991.

    A native of Boulder City, Nevada, Chapman was class valedictorian with a 4.00 GPA at Boulder City and was the Nevada state runner-up in the 1,600m run.

    After running cross country and track for two seasons at the University of Nevada-Reno, he completed his bachelor's of science in secondary education-chemistry in 1991 from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

    Chapman, his wife Susan and their six-year old son, Ben, reside in Bloomington.



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