Men's Cross Country

    Hoosiers Host 2007 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will look to finish among the top two in the Great Lakes Region to earn an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will look to finish among the top two in the Great Lakes Region to earn an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 7, 2007

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    SETTING THE SCENE
    The Hoosiers will host the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10. This year's regional meet marks the first one in Bloomington since 2005 and the second time IU has been the host.

    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
    Freshman Cole Hardacre paced the Indiana men's cross country team to a fourth place finish (102 pts.) at the 2007 Big Ten Cross Country Championships, hosted by Ohio State on the Buckeyes' Golf Course on Sunday, Oct. 28.

    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
    Indiana's Jordan Kyle qualified for a spot at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships with a third place finish at the 2006 Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

    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.

    Darryl Stevenson placed 110th overall with a career-best time of 33:48.27 and George McArdle finished 124th overall with a time of 34:08.21.

    HARDACRE EARNS BIG TEN HONORS
    Freshman Cole Hardacre earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors after placing 14th overall in the 2007 Big Ten Championships with a personal-best time of 24:13.74.

    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
    For a fifth straight week, Indiana is currently ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region after moving up the week of Oct. 1 after holding at No. 8 for the first two weeks of the season. The Hoosiers also earned some national attention as it picked up two votes in this week's USTFCCCA Coaches Poll.

    THE HELMER ERA BEGINS
    Ron Helmer was named the Indiana Director and Head Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field on May 25, 2007. Helmer served in the same capacity at Georgetown University the last eight years.

    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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