Hoosiers Set For Notre Dame Invite (9/29/04)
Coming off a first-place finish at the Indiana Intercollegiate on Sept. 17, the Indiana men's cross country team returns to action when it competes at the Notre Dame Invite on Friday, Oct. 1. The men's 8k race will begin at approximately 5 p.m. CT.
The event will held on the Burke Memorial Golf Course track on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. There will be a total of five races on the afternoon, with the Hoosiers competing in the final event of the day.
Last Time At the Notre Dame Invite
This will mark the first time the Hoosiers have competed at the Notre Dame Invite since the 2001 campaign. IU placed third at that meet, just finishing behind Notre Dame and Utah State, respectively. The only current IU runner who competed at the event and is still on the team is senior Thomas Burns. The Hammond Ind., native placed 24th overall with a time of 25:07, which was the second-best time for IU on the afternoon.
Last Time Out
The Cream and Crimson are coming off an impressive showing at the Indiana Intercollegiate. For a fourth consecutive season, the Hoosiers walked away with a team title, finishing with a 20-point tally. The 8K event was hosted by Purdue University at the Varsity Cross Country Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
Overall, the Cream and Crimson placed five Hoosiers in the top seven spots as junior Sean Jefferson sparked IU's fourth-straight conquest of the event with a 25:39 to capture the individual crown. Senior Tom Burns clocked a 26:01 to claim third place, while junior Stephen Haas took fourth with a 26:08 effort. Junior Eric Redman registered a 26:09 to finish in fifth place, while classmate John Jefferson recorded a 26:15 to round out IU's top 10 performances.
IU Ranked In Preseason Poll
The Indiana men's cross country team, which finished the 2003 campaign ranked 12th in the nation, will begin the 2004 season in the MONDO men's cross country preseason rankings. The Hoosiers are ranked 12th in the country in the poll which was released on Sept. 21. IU is one of six Big Ten teams in the rankings, coming third behind Wisconsin's No. 1 ranking and Michigan's No. 6 ranking. Minnesota (No. 16), Ohio State (No. 22) and Iowa (No. 28) are also ranked in the preseason poll, while Illinois received votes to be ranked. Additionally, the Hoosiers are ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region according to a vote by the United States Cross Country Coaches of American (USCCCA).
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.
Head Coach Dr. Robert Chapman
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.
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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