IU Sweeps Intercollegiates (09-19-03)
Terre Haute, Ind. The No. 17 Indiana men's cross country and No. 18 Indiana women's cross country teams swept the 2003 Indiana Intercollegiates Friday afternoon at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. The Hoosier men took the top five spots and seven of the top 10 en route to a perfect 15-point finish and their third straight Indiana Intercollegiates crown, while the women placed six among the top 16 to win their first team title since 1988.
According to women's coach Judy Wilson, senior Audrey Giesler's first place finish (17:47) indicates the type of progress that her runners have made.
"This was Audrey's first college win, which is nice for her as a senior," Wilson said. "She has really developed over four years. She was ahead by a good 20 meters most of the race. Lindsay Hattendorf (fifth place, 18:21) and Mindy Peterson (sixth place, 18:22) were about 15 to 20 seconds behind where I would like them to be, but they should be able to work the kinks out for next week (The Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis)."
Freshman Kristin Whitezell was fourth for Indiana and 10th overall at 18:33, while Julie Shields rounded out Indiana's scoring at 18:38.
"Kristin is still a little green, but she is going to get better and better each week," Wilson said. "Julie is continuing to improve. She ran a 17:07 on the track (5000m), so we know what she can do."
Indiana junior Jaime Higginbotham won the women's open race in 19:31.
While men's coach Robert Chapman is confident in the men's team depth, he did not expect it to be so evident this early in the season.
"I knew that we were strong, but I did not quite expect to be this race fit this early," Chapman said. "But the guys came out and to a man really ran well."
IU took a pretty conventional strategy to Terre Haute.
"We wanted it to be a control tempo effort the first 4 or 5K, so we ran in a pack," Chapman said. "This is neat for the team, and even though we finished well, we're not as race sharp as we would like to be to compete at the level we want. Hopefully, we'll get that over the next few weeks."
The Indiana women return to action Sept. 27 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, while the men are idle next week before sending some of its runners to the Murray Keating Invitational in Bangor, Maine and some runners back to Terre Haute for the ISU Invitational.
INDIANA MEN AT THE INDIANA INTERCOLLEGIATES
INDIANA WOMEN AT THE INDIANA INTERCOLLEGIATES
1. Audrey Giesler, 17:47
5. Lindsay Hattendorf, 18:21
6. Mindy Peterson, 18:22
10. Kristin Whitezell, 18:33
14. Julie Shields, 18:38
16. Larra Overton, 18:44
34. Kelly Siefker, 19:10
38. Allison Miller, 19:15
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