Kyle Makes First Trip to NCAA Cross Country Championships
Nov. 18, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Redshirt freshman Jordan Kyle will represent Indiana at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 20, at the LaVern Gibson Golf Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's 10K race is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. (ET).
Kyle extends the Hoosiers' streak of having either an individual or team compete at the national meet to eight years, the longest streak in the program's history.
"The goal of our program is always on qualifying for and performing at the national championships," IU head men's cross country coach Robert Chapman said. "Part of Jordan's development was focusing last year on the U.S. Junior National Cross Country Championships, as well as the junior national in track. I think those two national championships experiences, and representing the USA in the NACAC Junior Championships will serve him well going into his first NCAA's."
Kyle will compete in his first-ever NCAA Championships after placing third overall at the Great Lakes Regional Championships in a career-best 31:02.43 last weekend. He is the second straight Hoosier to finish third in the regional championship as Sean Jefferson finished third with a time of 31:07.9 in 2005.
"I'm going to run it pretty similar to how I ran at our regional," Kyle said. "One thing that we have focused on all season is going off of how you feel. Coach Chapman talks about going over the `red line' and you can't do that at 3K when you're running a 10K race. A big aspect of it will be how I feel and then gradually progressing and not getting nervous about the amount of people in the race."
The Fishers, Ind., native was the Oct. 3 Big Ten Runner of the Week after winning his first career individual title at the George Mason Invitational in a career-best 24:45.36 in the 8K. Kyle placed 16th overall at the 2006 Big Ten Championships with a time of 24:57.
"He's fit, he is a tremendous competitor, and - despite being a redshirt frosh- he has experience prepping for championships," Chapman said. "Just like at the Great Lakes Regional, he could surprise a lot of people with his performance at the NCAA's."
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