HOOSIERS HOST PRE-NCAA CROSS COUNTRY MEET THIS WEEKEND
October 12, 1999 HOOSIERS HOST PRE-NCAA CROSS COUNTRY MEET THIS WEEKEND
Meet Information: The women's team will be competing in the Pre-NCAA meet this Saturday, October 16 at the IU Cross Country Course. The women's sections start at 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
After two separate meets last weekend, the Hoosiers are gearing up for this weekend when they will be hosting the Pre-NCAA meet. The meet will feature 35 top-ranked teams from across the nation. Fourteen of the nation's top 20 women's teams will be attending on Saturday to get a feel for the IU course before the NCAA Championship in Bloomington on November 22. Teams returning to IU for the second time this season are Ohio State, IUPUI and Loyola of Chicago which competed in the Sam Bell Invitational in September.
The NCAA's top three women's teams from last year will be competing in the race. Villanova, Brigham Young and top-ranked Stanford will be at IU. Absent from the race will be number two Arkanasas, led by Amy Yoder who won the Sam Bell Invitational this year.
Six runners competed in the Murray Keating Invitational in Orono, ME while the "B" team ran in the Indiana Invitational in Terre Haute, IN last Saturday. The women placed second in Maine with 41 points and third with 76 points in Terre Haute. The top finisher for the women at the Murray Keating Invitational was freshman Amanda Bell who came in first place with a time of 17:58.6, and in the Indiana Invitational it was sophomore Stephanie Magley who finished in eighth place with a time of 19:24.8.
IU Women's Notes: Freshman Amanda Bell finished in first place for the third time in four meets this season at the Murray Keating Invitational last Saturday with a time of 17:58.6. Senior Monica Hostetler, senior Megan Leahy, sophomore Erin Womble and senior Kim Craig all improved their times for the season at the Murray Keating Invitational. The regional rankings this week has IU in eighth place. Running for the Hoosiers at the Pre-NCAA meet will be Amanda Bell, Monica Hostetler, Megan Leahy, Allyson Hammond, Erin Womble, Kim Craig and Stephanie Magley.
Next Competition: IU will run in the Big Ten Championships on October 30 at State College, PA.
Quoting Women's Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz: " I'm glad that
Amanda won in Maine. It was hard out there because it rained the morning
of the meet which made some of the spots really muddy for the girls. Our
main thing right now is to stay healthy. This is the time of the year when
the aches and pains of a season take its toll. Your anxiety is a lot higher
and you get anxious about the races. I believe that if we finish in the
top five of our region, we have a very good chance of getting an at-large
bid if we can beat some of these teams this weekend. That is why this weekends
meet is so important to us."
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