Nov. 16, 2005
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -For the fourth-straight year, the Indiana men's cross country team has earned a bid to compete at the NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers, who finished sixth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional this past weekend, haven't accomplished such a feat since 1955-1959 when Indiana made five-straight NCAA appearances. It is also IU's fifth qualification in the last six years.
The Championships will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., Monday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m.
Seniors Stephen Haas, Sean Jefferson, Charlie Koeppen and Eric Redman will each make their fourth-straight NCAA appearance on Monday. Haas, Jefferson and Redman have represented Indiana all four years, while Koeppen made his first appearance when he attended Northern Arizona before transferring to IU. Only two other IU cross country athletes, Olympians Bob Kennedy and Jim Spivey have qualified for four NCAA appearances, but neither qualified four-straight years due to redshirt seasons.
SHOOTING FOR SIX
Senior All-American Sean Jefferson is shooting for his sixth All-American honor in his IU career. In his four years at Indiana, Jefferson has earned All-American honors three times for track and field and twice for cross country.
Indiana is one of only 11 schools nationally and one of four Big Ten teams to have qualified a team for the NCAA's each of the last four years. The programs that hold this distinction are Arkansas, BYU, Colorado, Georgetown, Indiana, Iona, Minnesota, Ohio State, Stanford, William & Mary and Wisconsin.
Indiana has now qualified either a team or an individual to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for seven consecutive seasons, a first in program history.
HOOSIERS TAKE SIXTH IN REGION
On a sunny day at the Indiana University cross country course, the Indiana men's cross country team turned in a solid sixth place finish with 172 points on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
All-American Sean Jefferson provided another strong effort for the Hoosiers, finishing first for Indiana and taking third place overall in 31:07.9.
TWO HOOSIERS EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
With a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Championships senior All-American Sean Jefferson earned All-Big Ten first-team honors, marking the third time his has been named All-Big Ten. Senior Stephen Haas also earned All-Big Ten honors, taking home second-team honors with an 11th place finish.
BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA
The Hoosiers had a travel-friendly schedule this season, leaving the state only twice. The team has traveled to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Big Ten Championships, and have been to Chicago for the Loyola Lakefront Invitational. This season the Hoosiers hosted the Indiana Intercollegiates and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The final race of the season, the NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind.) will also be ran in the Hoosier state.