Men's Cross Country

    Hoosiers Head to Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt senior Brennon Plotner has led IU in its first two meets.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt senior Brennon Plotner has led IU in its first two meets.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 2, 2008

    Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree | Meet Notes Get Acrobat Reader
    Women's 5K - 10:10 a.m. ET | Men's 8K - 10:45 a.m. ET
    OSU Cross Country Course | Stillwater, Okla.

    The Hoosiers will compete in their first road event on Saturday, Oct. 4, when the travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the 72nd Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree. The race will feature 105 university, college and junior college teams and a total of 5,500 runners.

    The women's 5K is slated for 10:10 a.m. ET, with the men following in the 8K at 10:45 a.m.

    The race is the oldest cross country event in the country, dating back to 1937.

    Saturday's event will feature some of the top teams in the country on both sides. The No. 2 Cowboys lead the men's field, while the Hoosiers will also be up against a tough field that includes No. 16 Northern Arizona, Abilene Christian (the top-ranked team in NCAA Division-II), Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech.

    The women's field is highlighted by No. 21 Texas Tech and No. 24 Northern Arizona, while IU will also compete against Missouri State and Harding (ranked NCAA Division II teams), along with the host Cowgirls, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and TCU.

    Following it's trip to Stillwater, IU will compete in the Pre-Nationals meet on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Terre Haute, Ind., before traveling to Ann Arbor on Sunday, Nov. 2 for the 2008 Big Ten Championships, hosted by the University of Michigan.

    "We have a schedule that will give our student-athletes an opportunity to experience both the tradition and the diversity that make up collegiate cross country," Helmer said. "Our home meets are run on one of the finest cross country courses in the country; the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree is one of the oldest invitationals in the country. These meets, along with the Pre-Nationals should prepare us to have an outstanding conclusion to our season at the Big Ten and NCAA championships."

    Competition in the month of November continues with the Great Lakes Region Championships, hosted by Purdue, on Saturday, Nov. 15 in West Lafayette, Ind. The season concludes in Terre Haute at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 24.

    Redshirt junior Wendi Robinson and redshirt senior Brennon Plotner each paced the Indiana men's and women's cross country teams as the Hoosiers hosted the Indiana Intercollegiates on the IU Course on Friday, Sept. 19. The women's team finished second among the field of 21 with 57 points. The men's team took first with a score of 33 points.

    In the 27th annual women's 5K, Robinson recorded a career best when she crossed the finish line in 17:57 to take second overall. Her time was the 12th-fastest time recorded by a Hoosier on the 5K course. Redshirt sophomore Sarah Pease finished fifth overall in 18:24 and was followed by senior Kristina Trcka in eighth with a time of 18:38. Freshman Chelsea Blanchard finished in a career-best 18:52. Redshirt junior Caity Lauer placed 30th in 19:32, while freshmen Kaylan Comer (19:39 - career best) and Breanne Ehrman (19:42 - career best) followed in 32nd and 35th, respectively. Sophomore Natalie Goolik rounded out the Hoosier pack in 53rd place with a time of 20:17.

    In the 70th annual men's 8K, Plotner paced the field of 179 crossing the finish line in 25:03. Redshirt freshman Andrew Poore followed in second in a personal-best 25:10. Sophomore Cole Hardacre placed fifth in 25:34. Redshirt freshman Andy Weatherford crossed the finish line 25:46 for 10th place, while senior Timothy McLeod finished in 26:03 for 15th place. Sophomore Jacob Laird placed 23rd overall in 26:20 and redshirt freshman rounded out the IU pack in 24th place with a time of 26:26.

    In the women's open 5K, freshman Erin Walgamuth led IU with a third place finish and a time of 19:41. Redshirt junior Molly Beckwith followed closely in fourth to finish in 19:42. Freshman Helene Delone also competed in the open race, finishing 14th overall with a time of 20:49.



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