Men Finish Sixth At Pre-NCAA's (10/16/04)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Juniors John and Sean Jefferson both placed in the top 15 to lead the 20th-ranked Indiana men's cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the challenging Pre-NCAA's hosted by Indiana State at LaVern Gibson Championship Course on Saturday afternoon. Sean Jefferson placed fifth overall out of 256 individuals, with a time of 24:10.4 at the 8,000m event. Twin brother John placed 15th overall in 24:27.7, which was his fastest time in the 8K since the Pre-NCAA's in 2002 (24:20.0).
As a team, the men recorded 235 points in the 37-team field that boasted 12 of the top 30 teams in the country. No. 6 Colorado won the race with 63 points and were followed by No. 11 Cal Poly-SLO with 165 points. No. 7 Georgetown finished third with 172 points, while No. 15 Arizona State (179) and No. 13 Air Force (216) finished ahead of the Hoosiers, respectively.
IU defeated seven ranked teams including No. 10 Butler (257) and No. 4 Iona (265 points). The Hoosiers were also the top finisher of seven Big Ten teams which ran in the event.
Following the Jefferson's lead for IU was senior Tom Burns who placed 48th with a time of 24:46.2. Junior Stephen Haas recorded the fourth-lowest time of his career, finishing closely behind Burns with a time of 25:02.3 to finish in 77th. Junior Eric Redman placed 90th with a time of 25:11.3.
Other IU runners include junior Charlie Koeppen who ran a 26:24.6 and junior Billy Coale with a time of 28:17.5.
The Hoosiers will next compete at the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, Oct. 31, which will be held in Iowa City, Iowa.
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