IU Prepares For Pre-NCAA's (10/14/04)
The Indiana men's cross country team will next travel to Terre Haute, Ind. to compete at the Pre-NCAA's on Saturday, Oct. 16. at 10 a.m. The event, which features some of the top teams in the nation, serves as a prelude to the NCAA Championship, which willbe held on Nov. 22, on the same course. Seven Big Ten teams will compete in the 31-team field. Along with 20th-ranked IU, Illinois, Iowa (RV), No. 5 Michigan, Michigan State (RV), No. 25 Ohio State and Purdue will all do battle on the course. Competing for the Hoosiers in the 8,000m Blue Race beginning at 12:10 p.m. will be Tom Burns, William Coale, Stephen Haas, John Jefferson, Sean Jefferson, Charlie Koeppen and Eric Redman.
Last Year At The Pre Ncaa's
The Indiana men's cross country team finished eighth at the Pre-NCAA 8000m meet in 2003 at Byrnes Park/Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Hoosiers placed three runners among the top 50, led by senior Chris Powers' 18th place effort in 23:56.
IU finished ahead of four ranked teams - No. 6 Central Michigan, No. 16 Virginia, No. 23 Portland and No. 27 Texas A&M.
Sean Jefferson was the second Indiana runner and 37th overall at 24:17. Eric Redman was five places behind Jefferson in 24:21, and Chad Andrews was 96th in 24:53. Tom Burns (103rd, 24:58) and Stephen Haas (149th, 25:26) round out the Hoosier lineup.
Five Indiana men's runners competed in the open race. Charlie Koeppen finished 11th in 25:13.7, while Marcus Aguilar (23rd, 25:40.5), Matt Sweetman (40th, 26:04.1), Nick Kruse (41st, 26:04.2) and Nathan Purcell (62nd, 26:39.1) also competed.
Last Time Out
Junior Sean Jefferson placed seventh with a time of 23:50 to lead the No. 12 Indiana men's cross country team to a seventh-place showing at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1. The 8K event was held on the Burke Memorial Golf Course on the campus of Notre Dame.
Following Jefferson's lead for IU was senior Tom Burns who placed 34th with a time of 24:25, marking the second-lowest time in his career. Junior Stephen Haas also recorded the second-lowest time of his career, finishing closely behind Burns with a time of 24:26 to place 36th.
Other IU runners include junior Eric Redman who placed 50th with a time of 24:38, followed by John Jefferson's time of 24:43 to place him 56th overall.
IU Ranked For Fourth Consecutive Week In Mondo Rankings
The Indiana men's cross country team, which finished the 2003 campaign ranked 12th in the nation, continues to be ranked in the latest MONDO men's cross country rankings. The Hoosiers are ranked 20th in the country in the poll which was released on Oct. 12. IU is one of five Big Ten teams in the rankings, coming fourth behind Wisconsin's No. 1 ranking, Michigan's No. 5 ranking and Minnesota's No. 16 ranking. Ohio State is ranked 25th, while Iowa and Michigan State received votes to be ranked. Additionally, for a fourth consecutive week, the Hoosiers are ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region according to a vote by the United States Cross Country Coaches of America (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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