Oct. 26, 2006
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INDIANA HOSTS BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the first time in 10 years, the IU Cross Country Championship Course will be the site of the Big Ten Championships, on Sunday, Oct. 29. The men's 8K race is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.
HOOSIERS' RECENT HISTORY IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indiana has finished among the top six at the Big Ten Championships since 1999, with three top-three finishes (2000, 2nd/81 pts.; 2003, 3rd/90 pts.; 2004, 2nd/104 pts.). The Hoosiers placed sixth at last season's Big Ten Championships, with Sean Jefferson leading the way for IU with a fifth-place finish. Indiana holds 13 team titles and 16 individual titles dating back to 1928, which includes five consecutive championships between 1928-32. Former Hoosiers standout and four-time All-American Bob Kennedy was a four-time individual champion for IU (1988-90, 92).
FRUIN LEADS IU AT PRE-NATIONALS
Redshirt sophomore Mark Fruin paced the Hoosiers with a career-best time of 24:49 to finish 90th in a field of 243 runners at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 14.
Indiana placed 34th with a team score of 730 points. Fruin's finish was the first time he has led the IU pack this season. Senior Marcus Aguilar finished 138th with a time of 25:08, while sophomore Tim McLeod placed 142nd with a time of 25:10.
KYLE POSTS CAREER MEET AT GEORGE MASON
Redshirt freshman Jordan Kyle made quite an impact in this first career race at the George Mason Invitational on Oct. 1. Kyle not only brought home the individual meet title with a career-best 24:45.36, but he also helped lead the Hoosiers to the meet championship with a dominating team score of 23 points. Four other Hoosiers also recorded career-best times in the 8K, including Brennon Plotner (3rd/25:08.50), Mark Fruin (4th/25:09.40), Timothy McLeod (6th/25:15.97) and Darryl Stevenson (31st/26:04.76). Also competing at George Mason were Marcus Aguilar (9th/25:22.01), Tyler McCreary (43rd/26:25.86) and Paul Coover (69th/27:08.19).
KYLE EARNS BIG TEN RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Jordan Kyle earned his first Big Ten Runner of the Week honor after winning his first career individual title and leading Indiana to the George Mason Invitational title on Sept. 30. Kyle clocked a personal-best 24:45.36 in the 8K at the Mason Invite. He was a 20-second winner over teammate Brennon Plotner and the field of 133 runners, which helped the Hoosiers score a winning total of 23 points - 36 fewer than second-place Charlotte. Kyle is the first Hoosier harrier to earn the league weekly honor since Sean Jefferson on Sept. 21, 2004.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
Following the Big Ten Championships, IU will take another week off from competition in preparation for the Great Lakes Regional at the Forest Creason Golf Course in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Nov. 11.
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA'S
Collegiate teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships based on their team finishes in their regional held Saturday, Nov. 11. The top two men's and women's teams from each of the nation's nine regions and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams in each regional automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind., at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Besides the automatic qualifiers, another 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be added to the 31-team, 255-runner men's and women's fields on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 12, by the NCAA Championships selection committee. At-large team selection criteria (in order of priority) is based on teams' regional placings, number of wins against fellow NCAA team qualifiers, head-to-head records against other potential NCAA qualifiers, and records against common opponents.