Hoosiers Host 2007 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship
Nov. 7, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
The men's 10K race is slated for 11 a.m. ET on the Indiana Cross Country Championship Course.
The race features some of the best teams in the nation, including No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 23 Michigan and No. 30 Ohio State.
The top two teams at each regional championship meet automatically qualify for the 2007 NCAA Championship meet, which is on Nov. 19 at the LaVern Gibson Golf Course in Terre Haute Ind. Also from each regional meet, the first four student-athletes not on a qualifying team will be automatic qualifiers to the national meet. All individual automatic qualifiers must finish in the top 25 within their region.
At-large teams will be selected by the NCAA on Sunday, Nov. 11.
LAST TIME OUT
Hardacre, who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for his effort, finished 14th overall with a personal-best time of 24:13.74 in the 8K race. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kyle was on Hardacre's heels, as he placed 15th in 24:14.72. Junior Timothy McLeod finished 22nd with a time of 24:27.57. Freshman Ben Hubers crossed the finish line in 24:34.78 to finish 25th. Redshirt junior Brennon Plotner rounded the Hoosier top-five as he clocked a time of 24:40.99 to place 29th overall.
Redshirt Mark Fruin placed 35th overall with a personal-best time of 24:49.95, freshman Jacob Rich finished 59th with a personal-best time of 25:29.33 and redshirt sophomore Tom Martin crossed the finish line in personal-best 26:03.50 to finish in 74th place.
Wisconsin won the men's title with a team score of 33 points. Minnesota finished second with 65 points and Ohio State rounded out the top three with 91 points.
2006 GREAT LAKES REGIONAL RECAP
Kyle, who competed in his first-ever Great Lakes Regional Championships, placed third overall with in a career-best 31:02.43 in the 10K to lead the Hoosiers to a sixth place finish among the field of 31 teams. Kyle is the second straight Hoosier to finish third in the regional championship.
Timothy McLeod finished 20th overall with a career-best time of 31:46.67, Mark Fruin placed 33rd overall in a career-best 32:01.31, Brennon Plotner finished 41st overall with a career-best time of 32:17.79, and Marcus Aguilar rounded out the Hoosier pack with a time of 32:43.78 to finish 65th overall.
HARDACRE EARNS BIG TEN HONORS
Hardacre was also selected as a Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. He is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the academic year.
HOOSIERS RANKED FIFTH IN GREAT LAKES REGION
THE HELMER ERA BEGINS
Helmer was promoted to director in July 1999 after serving as associate head coach with the Hoyas for seven seasons and assistant coach for the five years prior. During his tenure, 120 of his student-athletes earned a total of 342 All-American recognitions, including 41 student-athletes receiving 96 certificates since becoming director in 1999. In addition, 219 student-athletes captured BIG EAST individual titles, including 67 since the start of the 1999-00 academic year.
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