Indiana Men's Cross Country Set for Big Ten Championships
Oct. 26, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the first time since 1996, the Big Ten Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Indiana University on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the IU Cross Country Course. The men's 8K race starting at 11:30 a.m. (EST).
Sunday's races, which feature some of the best cross country teams in the nation, will be the final races for Hoosier senior Marcus Aguilar.
Aguilar, a Martinsville, Ind., product, has been a fixture among the Hoosiers' top five over the last four seasons. This season, Aguilar aided in IU's meet win at the George Mason Invitational 8K on Sept. 30, placing ninth overall, and recorded his season-best time of 25:08 on Oct. 14 at Pre-Nationals, where he was the Hoosiers' second-fastest finisher (138th overall).
He posted a career-best 8K time of 23:19.84 at the Indiana Open his redshirt freshman season in 2003, and recorded a career-best 10K time of 32:05 at the 2005 NCAA Championships (176th overall).
This year's Big Ten Championships features some fierce, nationally ranked competition. Currently the league boasts six men's teams either ranked or receiving votes in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association Poll, including top-ranked Wisconsin.
The Hoosiers' men's team has also progressed this season. In its first meet with the entire team, Indiana recorded a dominating performance at the George Mason Invitational on Sept. 30 with a first-place team score of 23 points, defeating Charlotte (59 points) and meet host George Mason (95 points).
Redshirt freshman Jordan Kyle led the way in his first meet of the season, capturing the individual title in the 8K in a career-best 24:45.36. At Pre-Nationals on Oct. 14, redshirt sophomore Mark Fruin paced the Hoosiers with a career-best time of 24:49 in the 8K to finish 90th in a field of 243 runners.
Complete coverage of the 2006 Big Ten Championships may be found on IUHOOSIERS.com.
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