Men's Cross Country

    Redshirt senior Brennon Plotner led the field of the Indiana Open on Sept. 13.

    Hoosiers Host Indiana Intercollegiates Sept. 19

    Sept. 17, 2008

    INDIANA INTERCOLLEGIATES | Meet Notes Get Acrobat Reader
    Open 5K - 3:30 p.m. | Women's 5K - 4:30 p.m. | Men's 8K - 5:15 p.m.
    Indiana Cross Country Course | Bloomington, Ind.

    The Hoosiers continue the home slate as they host the annual Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday, Sept. 19, at the IU Cross Country Course in Bloomington. The Intercollegiates is a race that is open to all universities and colleges in the state of Indiana and will feature 22 women's teams, 21 men's teams and more than 500 athletes.

    The meet consists of three races, as it opens with an open 5K that will have men and women combined at 3:30 p.m. ET. The women's 5K race, which will be scored, is slated for 4:30 p.m. and the men's scored race is set for 5:15 p.m.

    Complete results and a meet recap will be available on following Friday's event.

    The annual Indiana Intercollegiates is one of the oldest and largest meets in the Hoosier State that brings together universities and colleges for the three-race event.

    This year marks the 70th men's race, dating back to 1938 when the Hoosiers won on Butler University's course. The women's race enters its 27th year, dating back to 1981 when IU won on Indiana State's course.

    The Hoosiers have long dominated the event, as the men's program has claimed 39 Intercollegiates titles and the women have won the meet on 11 occasions.

    Last season, the men finished second with 55 points to Indiana State, who recorded a final team score of 47 points. The women's team finished third with 120 points, behind Purdue (49 points) and Ball State (74 points).

    Indiana's men's team received 17 votes in the preseason USTFCCCA Men's Division I Cross Country Poll, announced on Sept. 15.

    The Hoosiers ended the 2007 season ranked 28th in the final poll after finishing 28th at the NCAA Championships. IU also ranks fifth among the preseason Great Lakes Region poll, while the women's team ranks 11th among the region.

    Several new faces were seen on the IU Course on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Indiana Open.

    On the men's side, redshirt freshmen Andrew Poore (7th/26:57.82), Andy Weatherford (9th/27:37.75) and De'Sean Turner (12th/29:15.24) competed in their first collegiate cross country meet.

    On the women's side, five true freshmen donned the Cream and Crimson. Chelsea Blanchard (4th/19:41.99), Kaylan Comer (6th/20:26.83), Breanne Ehrman (8th/20:29.99), Helene Delone (11th/21:23.93) and Erin Walgamuth (12th/21:54.18) all competed in their first career collegiate meet and made up a large portion of the Hoosier pack.



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