No. 10 Men's Cross Country Team Places Fifth At NCAA Great Lakes Regional
YPSILANTI, Mich. ----- With the help of Sean and John Jefferson's second place and fifth place finishes, respectively, the No. 10 Indiana men's cross country team placed fifth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Both runners earned a spot on the all-region team for their efforts.
Top-ranked Wisconsin won the men's 10K race with 47 points in a field of 30 teams that included seven nationally-ranked squads.
Sean Jefferson, who has led the Hoosiers in every race on the 2004 campaign, ran a time of 30:14.3, and was just edged out by Michigan's Nate Brannen who won the Regional in a time of 30:10.9.
Twin brother John Jefferson came up strong in what was arguably his best race of the season. John finished with a time of 30:24.3 to place in the top five. IU was the only team in the regional to have two runners from the same team place in the top five.
Tom Burns finished 31st overall in a time of 31:03.6, followed closely by Eric Redman who ran in a time of 31:10.8 to place in 37th. Stephen Haas placed 41st in 31:21.2, while Charlie Koeppen placed 47th in 31:27.5.
Also competing for IU was Charlie Koeppen who finished 47th with a time of 31:27.5.
Only the top two teams at the regional receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, but Indiana is hoping to receive an at-large bid with its excellent showing at regionals. The NCAA Championships will be held Monday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind, and at-large selections will be announced by 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 14).
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