Men's Cross Country

    Hoosiers Look to Make History at Big Tens

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Zach Mayhew earned first team All-Big Ten honors at the 2009 Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Zach Mayhew earned first team All-Big Ten honors at the 2009 Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 28, 2010

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    The Hoosiers begin the championship season in search of the first Big Ten cross country team title for Indiana since 1990 and the first individual conference crown since 1992. IU will visit Madison, Wis., for the second time this season, running at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Zimmer Championship Course. The women's 6K race will begin at 11:45 am ET and the men's 8K race will follow at 12:45 am ET.

    The Indiana men look to repeat the result of the adidas Invitational earlier this season, where the Hoosiers defeated Wisconsin on the same course, but it won't be easy. The Badgers are pursuing their 12th-straight Big Ten win and will have top runner Maverick Darling in the lineup this time. The Badgers enter the meet ranked one spot ahead of the Hoosiers in the national poll. Indiana's last men's Big Ten title came in 1980 and the last man to win an individual title in cross country was Bob Kennedy in 1992.

    The Hoosier women are one of five teams entering the conference meet with a national ranking. Michigan State is the highest in the national poll (16th), led by senior Emily MacLeod. MacLeod and IU's Sarah Pease appear to be frontrunners for the individual conference title. Only one IU woman has ever won a Big Ten title in cross country, as Michelle Dekkers took titles in 1988, 1989 and 1990, leading IU to team wins in `89 and `90. The 1990 meet was the last to see a Hoosier team top the award stand.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Indiana cross country continued a strong season with a good showing at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. Sarah Pease led the way, taking the individual title by 10 seconds. The men's and women's teams both took second place at the festival, each behind only Oklahoma State. The Indiana men knocked off the sixth-ranked team in the country and finished behind only the No. 2 Cowboys, who are the defending NCAA champs.

    Pease led the Indiana women's team to second, taking the individual title in the process. She finished in 16:39.42 for a 10 second win. The Hoosiers had a score of 72, finishing second to No. 28 Oklahoma State's 68. Pease was joined by Chelsea Blanchard and Samantha Ginther in the top 10, as Blanchard took eighth in 17:07.56 and Ginther was 10th in 17:15.59.

    The No. 7 Indiana men took second to defending NCAA Champion and No. 2 Oklahoma State. The Hoosiers finished with a score of 73, bettering No. 6 Arkansas by a point. Indiana was led by Ben Hubers in eighth and Andrew Poore in ninth. Hubers and Poore finished in 29:39.30 and 29.39.58 respectively.

    Indiana had five men in the top 25 of the 407-participant race. Zach Mayhew was 19th in 30:02.22 and Andy Bayer was 20th in 30:02.95. De'Sean Turner rounded out the top five in 23rd (30:13.33).

    Indiana's top-five in the women's race was rounded out by Kelsey Duerksen in 26th (17:30.54) and Erica Ridderman in 31st (17:44.75).

    HOOSIERS ARE BIG TEN RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
    Ben Hubers and Sarah Pease have been named the Big Ten Runners of the Week, the conference announced. Pease took the win and Hubers finished eighth, as both runners led their teams to second place at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, Oct. 16. This is the third time a Hoosier man and woman have won weekly conference honors in the same week and the first time since Andy Bayer and Wendi Robinson were both honored after their performances at the Paul Short Run in 2009.

    Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said Pease and Hubers both executed their race plans well and helped the team achieve at a high level.

    "Sarah and Ben both ran very well in Arkansas," said Helmer. "It was great to see our teams run with some of the better teams in the country, and these two led the way."

    HOOSIERS MOVE INTO NATIONAL TOP-10
    Indiana cross country made a bold statement at the adidas Invitational on Sat., Oct. 2, and the nation has taken notice. The Hoosier men are ranked seventh in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings for cross country, the coaches association announced. It is the first top-10 ranking for a Hoosier team in cross country since November 2, 2004. The Indiana women moved into the top 30 for the first time this season at No. 24.

    Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said the Hoosiers are where they feel they belong, but now they must prove they deserve to stay there.

    "We had a good weekend and showed that we have a talented group of student-athletes on our men's and women's teams," said Helmer. "Now, we need to continue our training and perform at our best when it really counts, during the championship season."

    ATTEND THE MEET VIA TWITTER
    If you can't make it to Madison this weekend, no worries! You can catch all the action via live updates at Twitter.com/KJatIU. Assistant media relations director Kyle Johnson will be on the course and tweeting updates throughout the day. Stay tuned to Twitter.com/KJatIU for photos, videos and race updates from the meet.

    PEASE TAKES CHILE PEPPER CROWN
    Indiana cross country continued a strong season with a good showing at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. Sarah Pease led the way, taking the individual title by 10 seconds. The men's and women's teams both took second place at the festival, each behind only Oklahoma State. The Indiana men knocked off the sixth-ranked team in the country and finished behind only the No. 2 Cowboys, who are the defending NCAA champs.

    Pease led the Indiana women's team to second, taking the individual title in the process. She finished in 16:39.42 for a 10 second win. The Hoosiers had a score of 72, finishing second to No. 28 Oklahoma State's 68. Pease was joined by Chelsea Blanchard and Samantha Ginther in the top 10, as Blanchard took eighth in 17:07.56 and Ginther was 10th in 17:15.59.

    The No. 7 Indiana men took second,to defending NCAA Champion and No. 2 Oklahoma State. The Hoosiers finished with a score of 73, bettering No. 6 Arkansas by a point. Indiana was led by Ben Hubers in 8th and Andrew Poore in 9th. Hubers and Poore finished in 29:39.30 and 29.39.58 respectively.

    Indiana had five men in the top 25 of the 407-participant race. Zach Mayhew was 19th in 30:02.22 and Andy Bayer was 20th in 30:02.95. De'Sean Turner rounded out the top five in 23rd (30:13.33).

    Indiana's top-five in the women's race was rounded out by Kelsey Duerksen in 26th (17:30.54) and Erica Ridderman in 31st (17:44.75).

    BAYER IS BIG TEN'S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
    Andy Bayer was the Big Ten Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 2, the conference announced. Bayer finished second at the adidas Invitational on Sat., Oct. 2. He led Indiana to an impressive victory over a highly-ranked field of teams, which led to Indiana ascending to No. 7 in the national rankings this week. Bayer wins his second career weekly honor for cross country.

    Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said Bayer is very deserving and led the Hoosiers in an impressive team effort.

    "We had a great team performance on the men's side," said Helmer. "Andy led the way for us and is very deserving of this award. It is exciting to be around the group of talented student-athletes we have on this team."

    IU OWNS THE INDIANA INTERCOLLEGIATE
    Indiana cross country passed its first real test of the 2010 season, winning the men's and women's championships at the Indiana Intercollegiate with first- and second-place finishes in both races. Juniors Chelsea Blanchard and Ben Hubers both took wins with sophomores Samantha Ginther and Zach Mayhew each taking second-place finishes. The IU women won with an impressive score of 26, and the men posted a winning score of 37. Both teams repeat as champions of the meet, with the IU men claiming bragging rights for the third-straight year.

    Blanchard made her move with a kilometer left on the 5K course leaving her competition behind to finish 4.5 seconds ahead of the field in 17:37.8. Ginther outkicked Ball State's Ali Bishel in the last 100m for a .4 second advantage in 17:42.3. Three more Hoosiers finished in the top 10, Caitlin Engel (6th, 17:54.8), Kelsey Duerksen (8th, 17:57.9) and Erica Ridderman (17:58.2). All nine Hoosiers finished in the top 18 spots of a race with 179 finishers.

    Hubers led the Hoosier charge for the second-straight meet, finishing in 24:33.7. Mayhew was close behind in 24:36.9. The two Hoosiers were more than 10 seconds better than the rest of the field. Andy Weatherford took seventh in 24:55.2 and Nate Morrow was ninth in 25:03.7. Ben Bizuneh wrapped up the IU top five in 18th (25:36.8). Three more Hoosiers finished in the top 25 out of 185 finishers.

    HOOSIERS ROLL IN SEASON OPENER
    Indiana cross country opened the 2010 season with the Indiana Open. Sarah Pease won the women's race and IU legend Sean Jefferson took the men's race. Ben Hubers was the first collegian to cross the line, along with five of his teammates who were all across the line within the next 2.13 seconds.

    Pease ran the first 2K of the 5K course at a planned slower-than-normal pace before racing to the finish. She was in eighth place at the 2K mark, yet finished the race in first by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 18:12.86. Chelsea Blanchard took second in 18:22.11 and Samantha Ginther was third in 18:29.47 as Hoosiers claimed the top 10 spots.

    Jefferson, now a professional triathlete, took the win in 25:17.99. Hubers ran a "handicapped" race much like Pease. The Marietta, Ga., native and teammates Andy Bayer, Andrew Poore, De'Sean Turner and Zach Mayhew all ran a planned pace for the first three miles of the 8K course. Hubers finished in 25:30.5 for the collegiate title and was immediately followed in by Bayer in 25:30.83, Poore in 25:31.16, Turner in 25:31.69, Nate Morrow in 25:32.18 and Mayhew in 25:32.63. Andy Weatherford was ninth in 25:38.39, wrapping up the Hoosier top seven.

    The women's top seven was rounded out by Kelsey Duerksen (fourth, 18:36.88), Erica Ridderman (fifth, 18:40.69), Caitlin Engel (sixth, 18:48.21) and Lyndsey Wall (seventh, 18:51.35).

     

     

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