Chapman Q&A (11/11/04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's cross country coach Dr. Robert Chapman recently sat down with iuhoosiers.com to preview Saturday's NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet in Ypsilanti, Mich., and the ensuing NCAA Championship. He also discussed some facets of the team not many people may know about.
One of the more interesting things about the 2004 men's cross country team is the fact that the seven student-athletes who will run at the NCAA Regional came to Indiana for a combined 2.04 scholarships. If the team makes it to the NCAA Championship, it will be by far the fewest of the 31 teams at the meet. Of the seven runners, four are walk-ons.
"To simply make the NCAA's with that number of scholarships and walk-on's would be an amazing feat, let alone the fact of being ranked 10th in the nation at this point in the season," said Chapman. "It is a remarkable accomplishment."
In comparison, having that few of scholarships on such a successful team can be compared to a football team being ranked top ten in the country, but only having approximately 30 scholarships.
Below are the rest of Chapman's questions he discussed with iuhoosiers.com.
With the NCAA Regionals and Championships fast approaching, how does that impact what the training schedule is like for the next several weeks?
"All season, the training has been geared for November 22nd and the special things we have a chance to accomplish in indoor track. So things are still right on track with training."
What is your team's training approach between the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA's?
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