Men's Cross Country

    IU Men's Cross Country Set For 22nd Annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday

    Go Hoosiers! IU Director and Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Ron Helmer
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU Director and Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Ron Helmer
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 27, 2007

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    After taking last week off from competition, the Hoosiers are set to get back in action as they compete at the 22nd Annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29, hosted by the University of Minnesota on the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The men's race includes Arizona State, Belmont, Bradley, Eastern Washington, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Lamar, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Navy, Nebraska, North Dakota State, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma, San Diego, South Dakota State, Utah Valley State, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Xavier.

    The Hoosiers get underway in the gold race at 1:10 p.m. ET.

    Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle took the individual title as the Indiana men's cross country team placed second with 55 points at the Indiana Intercollegiates, hosted by Purdue on Friday, Sept. 14.

    Kyle, who recorded his second straight meet win, clocked a personal best time of 24:39.34 in the 8K race out of a field of 194 runners from colleges and universities across the state of Indiana. He was followed by junior Timothy McLeod who finished fifth with a time of 25:18.19. Redshirt junior Brennon Plotner placed sixth with a time of 25:19.52 and redshirt junior Mark Fruin rounded out the Hoosier top 10 with a time of 25:20.33 for seventh.



    Also competing for IU in the men's race was redshirt sophomore Tyler McCreary (36th, 26:21.35) and redshirt junior Paul Coover (59th, 26:47.05). In the open race, redshirt sophomore Tom Martin placed fifth overall with a time of 26:47.15. Redshirt freshman Seth Ball (11th, 27:29.57) and redshirt sophomore Evan Bardach (15th, 27:53.65) also competed in the open race.

    All-American Jordan Kyle led the Hoosier pack for a fourth consecutive race, dating back to Nov. 11, 2006, has he placed first at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 14.

    Kyle's time of 24:39.34 was a personal best and led him to his second straight individual meet title.

    Along with Jordan Kyle, several Hoosiers hit personal-best times at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 14.

    Joining Kyle were Seth Ball (27:29.57), Evan Bardach (27:53.65), Paul Coover (26:47.05), Tom Martin (26:47.15) and Tyler McCreary (26:21.35).

    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.

    The men's 10K race is slated for 11 a.m. ET on the Indiana Cross Country Championship Course.

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