Men's Cross Country

    Men's Cross Country Heads to Columbus for Big Ten Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle will look to stay ahead of the Hoosier pack at this weekend's Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle will look to stay ahead of the Hoosier pack at this weekend's Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 25, 2007

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    The Hoosiers open the championship portion of the season on Sunday, Oct. 28, as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Ohio State on the Buckeyes' Golf Course. The men's 8K race is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.

    Indiana placed 18th (426 pts.) in the Pre-Nationals blue race, hosted by Indiana State University, at the La Vern Gibson Golf Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 13. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle paced the men's team as he finished 62nd overall with a time of 24:14 in the 8K race.

    Kyle was followed by freshman Ben Hubers in 89th place with a time of 24:33. Junior Brennon Plotner placed 90th in 24:33, freshman Cole Hardacre clocked a time of 24:35 for 92nd place and junior Timothy McLeod placed 93rd with a time of 24:36. Redshirt sophomore Mark Fruin clocked a time of 24:59 for 144th place and freshman Jacob Rich rounded out the Hoosier pack in 170th place with a time of 25:12.

    Indiana placed three runners in the top 25 and put together a team score of 151 to finish sixth at the 2006 Big Ten Championships at the IU Cross Country Championship Course on Sunday, Oct. 29.



    Timothy McLeod led the way for the Hoosiers, finishing 12th overall with a time of 24:46 on the 8,000-meter course. The Tucson, Ariz., native earned All-Big Ten Second Team recognition while competing in his first Big Ten Championships.

    Jordan Kyle finished second for the Hoosiers, taking 16th place overall in a time of 24:57. Mark Fruin was Indiana's third finisher, as he posted a time of 25:17 for 25th place overall.

    Former Hoosier Marcus Aguilar finished 50th overall, turning in a time of 25:57.

    Brennon Plotner rounded out the Hoosier scoring with a time of 26:06 in his 57th-place effort.

    Tyler McCreary finished 72nd overall in 26:38, while Darryl Stevenson was right behind him in 73rd place with a time of 26:51. Paul Coover came in 79th overall.

    Of Indiana's eight runners, only Aguilar had previously competed at a Big Ten Championship meet.

    For a fourth straight week, Indiana is currently ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region after moving up the week of Oct. 1 after holding at No. 8 for the first two weeks of the season.

    The Hoosiers will host the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10. This year's regional meet marks the first one in Bloomington since 2005 and the second time IU has been the host.

    The men's 10K race is slated for 11 a.m. ET on the Indiana Cross Country Championship Course.

    Ron Helmer was named the Indiana Director and Head Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field on May 25, 2007. Helmer served in the same capacity at Georgetown University the last eight years.

    Helmer was promoted to director in July 1999 after serving as associate head coach with the Hoyas for seven seasons and assistant coach for the five years prior. During his tenure, 120 of his student-athletes earned a total of 342 All-American recognitions, including 41 student-athletes receiving 96 certificates since becoming director in 1999. In addition, 219 student-athletes captured BIG EAST individual titles, including 67 since the start of the 1999-00 academic year.

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