Men's Cross Country

    Hoosier Harriers Ranked No. 19 in This Week's USTFCCCA Poll

    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. 21, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's cross country team entered this week's United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll ranked No. 19 with 149 votes, its first ranking of the season.

    The Hoosiers earned 23 votes last week, just missing breaking into the top 30. IU also moved up in this week's USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region poll to third. The jump in both polls was a result of a solid outing at the Pre-Nationals meet last weekend.

    Redshirt senior Brennon Plotner paced the men's squad to an eighth place finish among 40 teams competing in the Pre-Nationals 8K White Race. Saturday's race was a hopeful preview of the NCAA Championships, which will take place on the same course, where the Hoosiers bested No. 17 Colorado (9th) and No. 22 Iowa State (10th). Indiana was the top Big Ten team in the White race with it's finish and score of 219 points, and the second-best Big Ten team between the two races (No. 9 Michigan - 3rd/146 pts.). Plotner set the tone for the Hoosiers leading the close pack with a personal-best time of 24:10.9 (30th out of 267).

    Indiana's next challenge will be the Big Ten Championships on Nov. 2 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Poll - Week 4

    1. Oregon (8) - 352
    2. Stanford - 332
    3. Oklahoma State (4) - 323
    4. Portland - 318
    5. Alabama - 316
    6. Wisconsin - 301
    7. Iona College - 297
    8. Northern Arizona - 276
    9. Michigan - 261
    10. Georgetown - 248
    11. BYU - 229
    Auburn - 229
    13. UCLA - 214
    14. Virginia - 198
    15. Florida State - 191
    16. Tulsa - 177
    17. Colorado - 161
    18. Texas A&M - 150
    19. Indiana - 149
    20. Minnesota - 148
    21. William & Mary - 118
    22. Iowa State - 111
    23. Cal Poly - 100
    24. California - 63
    Washington - 63
    26. Arkansas - 60
    27. Providence - 49
    28. Florida - 48
    29. NC State - 29
    30. Texas - 21

     

     

    ORV: Princeton (14), UTEP (10), Penn State (8), Michigan State (5), Notre Dame (3), Southern Illinois (2), Butler (1), Villanova (1)

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