Men and Women Double for Fourth at Regionals
November 11, 2000
IU Men and Women Double Up for Fourth Place Finishes at Regionals
Ypsilanti, Mich.--Both the mens and womens Indiana cross country teams posted strong performances at the Great Lakes Regional to each take fourth in a battle of over 30 teams in each race attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships on November 20th in Ames, Iowa. Because only the top two teams from each region qualify for NCAAs automatically, the teams must await the NCAAs at-large bid decisions to be made on Monday, November 13th.
The womens 6K kicked off the regional competition and Indiana clicked on all cylinders after struggling in recent meets to take fourth with 175 points behind Wisconsin (1), Michigan (2), and Marquette (3) in a field of 31 teams. Indiana topped five teams that were ranked above them in the region heading into the meet. Six of the seven finishers ran career bests. Head coach Judy Bogenschutz said, We are really excited about where we finished. The girls did a great job and we may have a chance to qualify as a team and, if not, individuals may be selected to compete.
Sophomore Allyson Hammond came off her fifth place Big Ten finish two weeks ago to take fourth overall and first for her team with a 6K career best of 20:55.8. Her time is a 58 second slash off of her previous 6K best of 21:53 (Roy Griak Invite). Juniors Erin Womble and Stephanie Magley were once again partners in the crime of knocking off opponents. This time, Womble finished just ahead in 26th with a time of 22:01.6 with Magley clipping her heels in 28th with a time of 22:02.7. Sophomore/freshman Lauren Weddell was fourth for her team and took 37th with a 22:13.8, which is more than a one-minute improvement from her previous 6K best. Rounding out the scoring was freshman Becky Obrecht in 80th with a time of 22:49.3 followed by Heidi Crowleys 99th place showing with a time of 23:06.4 and Audrey Gieslers 131st place (23:39.2).
The mens team came into the regional meet rolling off of their second place Big Ten finish two weeks ago. They took fourth overall out of 31 teams aiming to shoot them down with four of the five scorers running career best 10K races. Senior Aaron Gillen once again cleared the path for the Hoosier squad taking first for his team and sixth overall with a time of 31:08.0, a career best by 45 seconds. Sophomore Chad Andrews took 12th with a best of 31:31.7 compared to his previous 32:17.8 from the 99 regional. Fellow sophomore Chris Powers ran 56 seconds faster than his time at the same race last year to take 28th with a 31:59.9. Fourth for the Hoosiers in 35th was sophomore/freshman Jeff Zeha crossing the line in 32:10.5. Zeha blew his previous best away by a minute and a half. Sophomore/freshman Bart Phariss concluded the scoring with a 70th place finish (32:54.7). Sophomore/freshman Nathan Purcell also produced at 77th in 33:05.6.
We are virtually guaranteed of going to nationals as a team. I couldnt imagine any scenario that would force us out. We did what we needed to do so now we just have to wait and see, said head coach Robert Chapman.
To view all results from the nine regional meets go to nccaachampionships.com