IU Second At Big Ten's (10/31/04)
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Juniors Sean and John Jefferson placed eighth and ninth, respectively, to lead the 13th-ranked Indiana men's cross country team to a runner-up finish at the 2004 Big Ten Championship held on the Ashton Cross Country on the campus of the University of Iowa. With the results, the twin brothers earn All-Big Ten Honors for the second time in their careers.
The Hoosiers recorded their first second-place showing since the 2000 season and it also marked the sixth consecutive year IU has finished in the top five at the championship.
Sean Jefferson's time of 24:30 on the 8K course bested brother John by one second (24:31), as the duo earned second-team honors. The brothers were the only two on the Hoosiers squad to record sub-five minute splits as both were on a pace of 4:56.
Senior Tom Burns also performed well, finishing in 19th with a time of 24:49. Junior Stephen Haas finished just behind Burns in 24th with a time of 24:58. Rounding out the Hoosiers was junior Eric Redman, finishing 45th in 25:28, while William Coale placed 80th in a time of 27:23.
In the overall results, the University of Wisconsin took the top three individual spots to claim the overall title with 23 points. Following Indiana's second-place showing with 104 points was Iowa with 110 points. Minnesota (124) and Michigan (125) rounded out the top five.
In the men's race Simon Bairu, a junior from the University of Wisconsin, won his second consecutive 8K Big Ten Championship in a time of 23:45 as the Badgers took home their sixth conference title in a row.
The Hoosiers will next compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Ypsilanti, Mich. On Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m.
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