Men's Cross Country

    NCAA Great Lakes Regional Next Up for the Hoosier Harriers

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt sophomore Jacob Rich
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt sophomore Jacob Rich
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 10, 2009

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    Saturday brings the NCAA Great Lakes Regional to Bloomington for the second time in three years. The top three teams from each regional earn automatic bids into the NCAA Championships on November 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. The Hoosiers will look to advance a team to the national meet for the first time since 2007.

    The Hoosiers have enjoyed great success on the IU Championship Cross Country Course in the past and this season has been no different. The men's and women's teams each won the Sam Bell Invitational in convincing fashion this season, with the men recording a perfect score of 15. The last time the course hosted the regional meet was in 2007. The year was director and head coach Ron Helmer's first in Bloomington, and his charges on the men's team advanced to the NCAA Championships after a fourth-place finish at the regional. Helmer will look for his four 2009 All-Big Ten honorees to lead the Hoosiers to the national meet.

    Both Hoosier teams enter the meet ranked fourth in the region. For the women's team, this marks the highest regional ranking of the season. The men's team has ranked as high as number three in the region this season. The top-five ranked teams in the men's race are Wisconsin, Butler, Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan. The top-five ranked teams in the women's race are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Indiana and Ohio State. Wisconsin and Michigan enter as the favorites in the respective races, as they are ranked first regionally.

    Redshirt freshman Zach Mayhew and senior Wendi Robinson led the way for the Hoosiers at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships. Both runners earned first team All-Big Ten honors. Mayhew led the Hoosiers to fourth place, finishing sixth overall, and Robinson led the women to seventh, finishing fifth overall. Both teams finished one place higher than they did in 2008. Andrew Poore and Sarah Pease each collected second team All-Big Ten honors with top-ten finishes.

    Robinson finished in 20:37 for fifth place, and Pease finished just 13 seconds later for eighth. Robinson's first team All-Big Ten accolade is the first for a Hoosier since Jessica Gall earned the honor in 2004. The rest of the top-five for the women consisted of Chelsea Blanchard in 42nd (21:50), Samantha Ginther in 49th (22:11) and Helene DeLone in 57th (22:18).

    Mayhew finished in 25:28.9 for sixth, and Poore crossed the finish line in 25:36.8 for 10th. Mayhew becomes the first Hoosiers to earn first team All-Big Ten honors since Sean Jefferson garnered the accolade in 2005. The Hoosiers had three more runners finish in the top 40. Freshman Andy Bayer finished 21st (25:55.0), DeSean Turner finished 33rd (26:25.7) and Cole Hardacre rounded out the Indiana top five in 36th (26:29.8).

    For those unable to attend meets, live updates will be available via Twitter. IU athletics media relations assistant Kyle Johnson will be tweeting updates from the course and will provide updates on the Hoosiers throughout the year. Just visit



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