INDIANA TO HOST SAM BELL INVITATIONAL
September 21, 1999 INDIANA TO HOST SAM BELL INVITATIONAL
Meet Information: The women's team will be competing in the Sam Bell Invitational this Saturday, September 25 at the IU Cross Country Course. The women's sections start at 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
After impressive running last Friday at the Indiana Intercollegiate, the Hoosiers will look to run well again this Saturday as they host the Sam Bell Invitational. At the Indiana Intercollegiate, Freshmen Amanda Bell was the top finisher for the women with a first place finish of 17:55.4 in the 5K. Overall, the women's team finished third with 60 points.
The women's team is looking to be highly competitive this season and for good reasons. When you win your first meet and have one of your freshman come in first place in the Sam Bell Invitational, the team can have high expectations. Key runners that are contributing significantly include freshman Allyson Hammond, senior Kim Craig and newcomer Monica Hostetler.
IU Women's Notes: Freshmen Amanda Bell has been at the top of her class so far. In the two meets that the Hoosiers have competed in, Bell has finished first in both. Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz expects several runners to improve their time significantly this season. Senior Megan Leahy is expecting to lower her time from 20:20 to 19:00. Junior Amber Macy is striving to improve from 20:51 to 19:30. In addition, sophomore Stepanie Magley will look to lower her running time from 20:56 to 19:45 and sophomore Erin Womble from 21:42 to 19:30.
Next Competition: The women's team is off until October 9 when they will run in the Murray Keating Invitational in Orono, Maine. The women will start at 11:a.m.
Quoting Women's Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "This week will be crucial for us. Some of the teams that are traveling to Bloomington this weekend for the Sam Bell Invitational are ranked in the top 30-35 in the country. I have picked teams that I want to beat and have challenged the runners to defeat those teams. Freshmen Amanda Bell continues to impress me. The switch from high school to the Big Ten has been good to her. She isn't used to competing against some of the best female college runners, but has been able to adjust very well. If our top runners can run between 18:00-19:00 on this course, I see us having a good meet."
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