Men's Cross Country

    Indiana Cross Country Travels to Pre-Nationals

    Go Hoosiers! IU Director and Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Ron Helmer
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU Director and Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Ron Helmer
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 16, 2008

    Pre-Nationals | Meet Notes Get Acrobat Reader
    Women's 6K Blue Race - 11 a.m. ET | Men's 8K White Race - 12:50 p.m.
    LaVern Gibson Course | Terre Haute, Ind.

    The Hoosiers will compete in their final non-championship meet this weekend when they travel to Terre Haute for the Pre-Nationals meet, hosted by Indiana State on Saturday, Oct. 18. The women's 6K is divided up into two races with the Blue race at 11 a.m. (IU), and the White race at 11:35 a.m. The men's 8K Blue race is scheduled for 12:10 p.m., with the White race following at 12:50 p.m. (IU), on the LaVern Gibson Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.

    The women's races will feature 86 teams, while the men's races include 82 teams.

    Saturday's event will be a preview for IU of the 2008 NCAA Championships, which will also be held at LaVern Gibson on Monday, Nov. 24.

    Following Pre-Nationals on Oct. 18, Indiana will have a break before the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Nov. 2. This year's league championships will be hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The women will run a 6K and the men will run an 8K on the University of Michigan Golf Course.

    The Hoosiers' next event will be the 2008 Great Lakes Region Championships, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 15. The women will run a 6K and the men will run a 10K on the Varsity Cross Country Course.

    The season wraps up with the NCAA Championships at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute on Monday, Nov. 24.

    Redshirt senior Brennon Plotner placed 14th among a field of 244 runners in the 72nd Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree men's 8K race in a season-best 24:41 to pace the Indiana men's cross country team to a third place finish (98 pts.). Redshirt junior Wendi Robinson placed fifth out of a group of 218 runners in the women's 6K race in a personal-best 21:02 to lead the IU's women's team to a seventh place finish (189 pts.).

    Plotner was followed by senior Timothy McLeod in 15th place with a time of 24:47. Sophomore Ben Hubers crossed the finish line in 24:48 for 16th place and was followed by classmate Cole Hardacre, who finished in 23rd place in 24:59. Redshirt freshman Andrew Poore wrapped up the Hoosier top-five in 30th place with a time of 25:17.

    Sophomore Jacob Laird finished in 39th with a time of 25:44 and redshirt freshman De'Sean Turner placed 45th in 25:51.

    Redshirt sophomore Sarah Pease was the second Hoosier to cross the finish line behind Robinson in 21:57 for 17th place in the women's race. Freshman Chelsea Blanchard clocked a time of 22:20 for 33rd place. Senior Kristina Trcka finished 62nd with a time of 23:00, and freshman Kaylan Comer brought up the Hoosier top five in 42nd place with a time of 23:14.

    Redshirt junior Caity Lauer placed 84th with a time of 23:33 and freshman Breanna Ehrman recorded a time of 23:40 to finish in 91st.

    Indiana's men's team continues to add on the votes in this week's United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 30 poll. The Hoosiers received 23 votes to lead all other teams receiving votes. Those 23 votes put them 11 shy of Michigan State, who stands at No. 30.



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