Hoosiers Move into National Top 10
Oct. 5, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana cross country made a bold statement at the adidas Invitational on Sat., Oct. 2, and the nation has taken notice. The Hoosier men are ranked seventh in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings for cross country, the coaches association announced. It is the first top-10 ranking for a Hoosier team in cross country since November 2, 2004. The Indiana women moved into the top 30 for the first time this season at No. 24.
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said the Hoosiers are where they feel they belong, but now they must prove they deserve to stay there.
"We had a good weekend and showed that we have a talented group of student-athletes on our men's and women's teams," said Helmer. "Now, we need to continue our training and perform at our best when it really counts, during the championship season."
The men's team ran to an impressive win over a highly-ranked field of opponents at the adidas Invitational, including No. 6 Wisconsin. The Hoosier men won with a score of 43, which was 32 better than the 11-time defending Big Ten Champion Badgers. The Hoosiers were led by second- and third-place finishes from Andy Bayer and Andrew Poore, respectively. The IU women took fifth with a score of 151.
The IU men, entering the meet ranked No. 25 by the USTFCCCA, also defeated No. 23 Princeton, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 20 Providence and No. 18 Michigan State. Indiana's win is also impressive as it took place on the same course that will host the Big Ten Championships this season on Oct. 31. Bayer took second in 23:30 and Poore was third in 23:31. De'Sean Turner took eighth in 23:47 and Zach Mayhew was 10th in 23:52. Ben Hubers wrapped up the IU top five in 20th (24:01).
The Indiana women finished fifth behind four nationally-ranked opponents (No. 11 Syracuse 89 pts., No. 29 North Carolina 98 pts., No. 20 Michigan State 109 pts. and No. 22 Michigan 113 pts) and ahead of No. 7 Florida and No. 26 Wisconsin. Senior Sarah Pease finished seventh with a time of 20:25 and junior Chelsea Blanchard was 13th in 20:32. The IU top five was rounded out by Samantha Ginther in 39th (20:59), Erica Ridderman in 44th (21:09), Kelsey Duerksen in 48th (21:14) and Lyndsey Wall in 49th (21:14).
The Hoosiers return to action at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Oct. 16, in Fayetteville, Ark. For complete coverage of all things IU cross country, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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