Hoosiers Ready For Big Ten's (10/27/04)
After an idle week last weekend and a sixth-place finish against elite competition in the Pre-NCAA's on Oct. 16, the Indiana men's cross country team will travel to Iowa City, Iowa to compete at the Big Ten Championship. The Hoosiers have claimed 13 Big Ten Championship titles; however, the last championship came in 1980. Last season, IU finished in third overall. Individually, Indiana has had the top finisher at the event on 14 occasions, with the last coming in 1992 when Bob Kennedy won the race championship for a fourth consecutive year.
IU Does Well In 2003 Big Ten Championship
Last season, Indiana recorded a third-place finish in the men's league cross country championship at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. It marked the first time since 1970-73 that IU has placed among the top four for four straight years. Indiana capped that four-year run with back-to-back league titles in 1972 and 1973.
The Indiana men used strong performances from two fifth-year seniors as Chad Andrews (24:31) and Chris Powers (24:32.3) placed ninth and 10th, respectively.
The Wisconsin Badgers claimed their fifth consecutive Conference title. The men from Madison won the race scoring 40 points, while the Hoosiers accounted for 90 points to place third overall.
Simon Bairu from Wisconsin claimed the individual Conference championship for the men. The sophomore ran the eight-kilometer course in 23:58.8,making him the only competitor in the field under 24 minutes
Last Time Out
Juniors John and Sean Jefferson both placed in the top 15 to lead the Indiana men's cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the challenging Pre-NCAA's hosted by Indiana State at LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Sean Jefferson placed fifth overall out of 256 individuals, with a time of 24:10.4 at the 8,000m event. Twin brother John placed 15th overall in 24:27.7, which was his fastest time in the 8K since the Pre-NCAA's in 2002 (24:20.0).
As a team, the men recorded 235 points in the 37-team field that boasted 12 of the top 30 teams in the country. No. 6 Colorado won the race with 63 points and were followed by No. 11 Cal Poly-SLO with 165 points. No. 7 Georgetown finished third with 172 points, while No. 15 Arizona State (179) and No. 13 Air Force (216) finished ahead of the Hoosiers, respectively.
Following the Jefferson's lead for IU was senior Tom Burns who placed 48th with a time of 24:46.2. Junior Stephen Haas recorded the fourth-lowest time of his career, finishing closely behind Burns with a time of 25:02.3 to finish in 77th. Junior Eric Redman placed 90th with a time of 25:11.3.
Other IU runners include junior Charlie Koeppen who ran a 26:24.6 and junior Billy Coale with a time of 28:17.5.
IU At The Big Ten Championship
The Indiana men's cross country team has faired well at the Big Ten Championships in the past. The Hoosiers rank second in the Big Ten with 13 team titles in the school's history; however, the last came in 1980. Additionally, the Hoosiers have had 16 individual winners which is second most in the conference's history (Wisconsin - 23). Combined, IU has staked claim to 29 championships which is second only to Wisconsin's 60 combined championships.
IU ranked for fourth consecutive week in Mondo rankings
After a sixth-place finish in the Pre-NCAA's on Octg. 16, the Indiana men's cross country team rose seven spots to No. 13 in the nation in the latest United States Cross Country Coaches Association (USCCCA) men's NCAA Division I poll, it was announced on Tuesday. The Hoosiers, who have been ranked every week this season, were ranked 20th in the nation prior to the competition against an elite field in the Pre-National Meet on Saturday.
IU tallied 240 points to earn a spot among the nation's top 15. Joining the Hoosiers in the rankings are fellow Big Ten members No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 7 Michigan, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 22 Ohio State, No. 27 Michigan State and No. 30 Iowa, while Ohio State also received votes.
The Badgers earned 12 first-place votes for a total of 418 points to secure the nation's No. 1-ranking. No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 Arkansas each garnered one first-place.
Former Big Ten Freshman of the Year, junior John Jefferson (Delray Beach, Fla.) is rejoining the squad after taking a redshirt year last season.
Adding to the Trophy Case
In the final day of the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, then-sophomore Sean Jefferson (Delray Beach, Fla.) stole the show with an NCAA Championship mile after turning in a new personal best of 4:00.16.
Head Coach Dr. Robert Chapman
Dr. Robert Chapman is in his seventh season as head men's cross country coach at Indiana University. He also serves as the distance coach at for the IU Track and Field team.
Chapman guided the men's cross country team to a 12th-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships, mentoring a pair of All-Americans in Sean Jefferson and Chris Powers. The 2003 team's finish was the best for an Indiana squad since the 1987 team took 10th. Sean Jefferson finished 19th overall, the best finish for a Hoosier since Bob Kennedy in 1992.
IU has been nationally ranked in the USCCCA Top 25 Poll every year for the past four years, and has posted three top-25 NCAA Championship finishes during that time.
During his tenure at Indiana, Chapman has also had individual success in track, coaching three Big Ten Champions, an NCAA Champion (Sean Jefferson, indoor mile, 2004), a USATF Junior National Champion (Jeff Zeha, 3000m Steeplechase, 2000), and a USATF Senior National Champion (Tom Chorny, 3000m Steeplechase, 2001). In six short years, athletes in his charge have earned a total of eight NCAA All-American certificates.
Chapman has long been a familiar face in Bloomington. His development began in the fall of 1991 as a graduate assistant for IU's cross country and track teams, where he was mentored by Sam Bell. Chapman earned his master of science in exercise physiology during this time, graduating in the spring of 1992.
He then left IU to be the head coach for men's and women's cross country at Sierra College in Rocklin, California. Having just turned 23 years old, Chapman held the honor of being the youngest collegiate head coach in America at the time.
At Sierra, Chapman's impact was felt immediately. Both the men's and women's cross country squads qualified for the 1992 California Cross Country Championship, the first time that feat had occurred at Sierra in nine years.
Chapman returned to Indiana in the fall of 1993 as a volunteer assistant coach. Just as important, Chapman spent his next three years working toward a PhD in human performance and exercise physiology.
He earned his Ph. D in 1996, and took a position as a research fellow at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine in Dallas, Texas. While conducting research centered on limitations to performance in elite athletes, Chapman served as project coordinator for USA Track and Field's and the U.S. Olympic Committee's funded research on the "live high-train low" altitude training model.
In 1997 Chapman recruited 27 of America's best-emerging elite distance athletes to participate in the most extensive research to date on the effects of altitude training on distance runners.
The group was probably the most elite ever to gather for research on the limits of distance running performance since the 1970s. The results of the 1997 study helped to greatly impact the way top Americans and the world elite are training.
Chapman's research on exercise physiology and limitations to performance has been published in top medical journals, such as the Journal of Applied Physiology, Respiration Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
He has authored a chapter on altitude for the medical textbook Exercise and Sports Science, as well as a position paper on altitude training for USA Track and Field's Sports Science Committee. Considered as one of America's foremost authorities on altitude training and applied exercise science for the elite distance runner, Chapman has made formal presentations at a wide range of scientific meetings and coaching seminars.
Chapman started his coaching career in 1990 with the girls cross country and track & field program at his high school alma mater, Boulder City High School (Nevada). In his two seasons, Boulder City was the class AA state champions in track in both 1990 and 1991.
A native of Boulder City, Nevada, Chapman was class valedictorian with a 4.00 GPA at Boulder City and was the Nevada state runner-up in the 1,600m run.
After running cross country and track for two seasons at the University of Nevada-Reno, he completed his bachelor's of science in secondary education-chemistry in 1991 from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Chapman, his wife Susan and their six-year old son, Ben, reside in Bloomington.
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