Oct. 13, 2006
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HOOSIERS HEAD TO PRE-NATIONALS
After winning the George Mason Invitational and taking last week off from competition, the Hoosiers will get back into action this weekend when they compete at Pre-Nationals at the LaVerne Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the 2006 NCAA Championships. The meet will be a preview of nationals and will feature eight Big Ten teams, including Indiana. With the large amount of teams participating, the men's 8K will be split into two races. The Hoosiers will run the 12:10 p.m. Men's 8K Blue race.
KYLE POSTS CAREER MEET AT GEORGE MASON
Redshirt freshman Jordan Kyle made quite an impact in this first career race at the George Mason Invitational on Oct. 1. Kyle not only brought home the individual meet title with in a career-best 24:45.36, he helped lead the Hoosiers to meet championship with a dominating team score of 23 points. Four other Hoosiers also recorded career-best times in the 8K including Brennon Plotner (3rd/25:08.50), Mark Fruin (4th/25:09.40), Timothy McLeod (6th/25:15.97) and Darryl Stevenson (31st/26:04.76). Also competing at George Mason were Marcus Aguilar (9th/25:22.01), Tyler McCreary (43rd/26:25.86) and Paul Coover (69th/27:08.19).
WHAT'S UP NEXT
Following IU's trip to Pre-Nationals, the Hoosiers will host the Indiana 4K on Oct. 21 before hosting the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 29 at the IU Cross Country Championship Course.
IU TO HOST BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the first time in 10 years, the IU Cross Country Championship Course will be the site of the Big Ten Championships, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29. The men's 8K race is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. The Hoosiers placed sixth at last season's Big Ten Championships with Sean Jefferson leading the way for IU with a fifth-place finish.
KYLE EARNS BIG TEN RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Jordan Kyle earned his first Big Ten Runner of the Week honor after winning his first career individual title and leading Indiana to the George Mason Invitational title on Sept. 30. Kyle clocked a personal-best 24:45.36 in the 8K at the Mason Invite. He was a 20-second winner over teammate Brennon Plotner and the field of 133 runners, which helped the Hoosiers score a winning total of 23 points - 36 more than second-place Charlotte. Kyle is the first Hoosier harrier to earn the league weekly honor since Sean Jefferson on Sept. 21, 2004.
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA'S
Collegiate teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships based on their team finishes in their regional held Sat., Nov. 11. The top two men's and women's teams from each of the nation's nine regions and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams in each regional automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind., at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Besides the automatic qualifiers, another 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be added to the 31-team, 255-runner men's and women's fields on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 12 by the NCAA Championships selection committee. At-large team selection criteria (in order of priority) is based on teams' regional placings, number of wins against fellow NCAA team qualifiers, head-to-head records against other potential NCAA qualifiers, and records against common opponents.