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