Men's Cross Country

    Big Ten Review (11-02-03)

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    East Lansing, Mich. - For the second straight year, Indiana was one of two Big Ten teams to record a top four finish in both the men's and women's league cross country championships at Forest Akers Golf Course. The No. 19 Indiana men used strong performances from fifth-year seniors Chad Andrews (ninth) and Chris Powers (10th) to take third overall in the 8k race, while Audrey Giesler finished ninth individually to help the Hoosier women to a fourth place finish in the women's 6K team standings. The No. 10 Michigan women won the league title, while the No. 7 Wolverine men finished second in the men's race.

    This year's Big Ten Championships carry an historical significance for both Hoosier programs. For the IU women, this marks the first time since 1989-90 that the Hoosiers have had back-to-back top four finishes. IU won consecutive league crowns in 1989-90. The Indiana men placed among the top four for the fourth year in a row, marking 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.

    Both Indiana teams took a similar approach to this year's meet - start conservatively and work to make up ground in the second half. It paid obvious dividends. Giesler was Indiana's top finisher and ninth overall at 21:22.9. Giesler was followed by sophomore Kelly Siefker who was 31st overall at 22:09.4, followed by Mindy Peterson (34th, 22:13.7), Larra Overton (32nd, 22:24.6), freshman Kristin Whitezell (48th, 22:32), Julie Shields (58th, 22:50.8) and Heidi Crowley (67th, 23:05.1).

    "We made our move with about 1.5K to go," IU women's coach Judy Wilson said. "Mindy Peterson moved past some people with about 800m to go. Larra Overton went out relaxed and just moved up in the end."

    According to Wilson, this is just a sign of the Hoosiers' potential.

    "We need Mindy, Kristin and Julie to run well at regionals for us to have a shot (at an at-large NCAA championship bid)," wilson said. "Even still, finishing ahead of (No. 18) Wisconsin today will help us in the rankings."

    A pair of fifth-year seniors - Andrews and Powers - paced the Indiana men to its third place finish. Andrews placed ninth in 24:31, while Powers was a little more than one second behind at 24:32.3 Sophomores Eric Redman (19th, 24:42.4) and Sean Jefferson (21st, 24:46.7) also ran well. Tom Burns (31st, 25:06.5), Charlie Koeppen (32nd, 25:07.9) and Stephen Haas (36th, 25:15.9) rounded out the Hoosier lineup.

    IU men's coach Robert Chapman eagerly awaits the Nov. 15 NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet in Terre Haute.

    "We have 22 days until the NCAA Meet, so we have to shift our focus on that," he said. "Of course, we have to qualify for the meet first, which means we need a good performance at the regional meet.

    "Our guys ran a solid race. We started out conservative and then made our move. I am really proud of our guys. It was especially nice to see two fifth-year guys do so well in their last Big Ten meet."

    Indiana returns to action Nov. 15 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Terre Haute.

    Men's Results
    1. Wisconsin, 40
    2. Michigan, 57
    3. Indiana, 90
    4. Ohio State, 93
    5. Iowa, 144
    6. Minnesota, 159
    7. Penn State, 218
    7. Michigan State, 218
    9. Illinois, 233
    9. Purdue, 278


    IU Men's Individuals
    70 total runners
    9. Chad Andrews, 24:31
    10. Chris Powers, 24:32.3
    19. Eric Redman, 24:42.4
    21. Sean Jefferson, 24:46.7
    31. Tom Burns, 25:06.5
    32. Charlie Koeppen, 25:07.9
    36. Stephen Haas, 25:15.9

    Women's Results
    1. Michigan, 31
    2. Michigan State, 57
    3. Penn State, 76
    4. Indiana, 164
    5. Wisconsin, 167
    6. Minnesota, 170
    7. Illinois, 188
    8. Ohio State, 197
    9. Northwestern, 213
    10. Purdue, 231
    11. Iowa, 241

    IU Women's Individuals
    77 total runners
    9. Audrey Giesler, 21:22.9
    31. Kelly Siefker, 22:09.4
    34. Mindy Peterson, 22:13.7
    42. Larra Overton, 22:24.6
    48. Kristin Whitezell, 22:32
    58. Julie Shields, 22:50.8
    67. Heidi Crowley, 23:05.1

     

     

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