Hoosier Harriers Head to Terre Haute for NCAAs
Nov. 18, 2010
The Indiana men's cross country team looks to make history at the NCAA Championships on Monday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute. The Hoosiers advance to the national meet ranked 13th nationally. This season, IU has finished behind only two teams, No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Wisconsin.
The women's race will begin at approximately 12:08 p.m. ET, followed by the men's race at approximately 12:48 p.m. A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET, Monday, November 22, on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights from the championships will be included as part of the CBS NCAA Fall Seasonal Show scheduled to air on Saturday, December 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET on CBS HD.
The Hoosiers advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2007. In 2009, Andrew Poore competed individually at the NCAA Championships. Indiana has 22 top-10 finishes in cross country in its history, including national championship seasons in 1942, 1940 and the first ever NCAA team title in 1938. The last Hoosier time an IU squad finished in the top 10 was the 1987 season (10th), and the last top-five Hoosier team was the 1977 squad (4th).
Indiana enters the meet with five Hoosiers having earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Andy Bayer, Ben Hubers, Zach Mayhew, Andrew Poore and De'Sean Turner all finished in the top 25 at the regional. The quintet will look to bring home All-America honors with a top-40 finish at the national meet. Hoosiers have brought home 24 All-America certificates in cross country, with the last going to Jordan Kyle in 2006. Bob Kennedy won four and won NCAA titles at the 1988 and 1992 meets.
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The Hoosiers finished second with a score of 76 and finished behind only Wisconsin. The IU women finished fifth with a score of 167. Poore finished in 30:32.32, and Bayer and Hubers were right behind in 30:32.35 and 30:32.68. All three Hoosiers were within 1.21 seconds of fourth place. The IU top five was rounded out by De'Sean Turner in 19th (30:46.27) and Zach Mayhew in 24th (30:55.46).
Sarah Pease paced the IU women in 16th place (21:08.93). She was followed in by Samantha Ginther (31st, 21:36.30), Helene DeLone (35th, 21:40.47), Erica Ridderman (37th, 21:41.70) and Kelsey Duerksen (49th, 21:48.80).
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BAYER IS RUNNER-UP AT BIG TENS
Bayer took the lead with 250 meters to go and would have taken the win if the course were a foot shorter. Landon Peacock of Wisconsin out-leaned Bayer at the line to win by 0.5 seconds. Bayer finished in 23:41.3. He is the best Hoosier finisher since Bob Kennedy won the meet in 1992. Zach Mayhew was the second Hoosier to cross the line, claiming his second All-Big Ten honors in as many years. He finished 11th in 24:01. Ben Hubers narrowly missed out on All-Big Ten accolades, taking 15th in 24:09. Andrew Poore joined Bayer, Mayhew and Hubers in the top 20, taking 18th in 24:11. De'Sean Turner rounded out the Hoosier top five in 29th place (24:31).
Pease took fifth for first team All-Big Ten honors after earning second team accolades a year ago. Pease finished in 20:24, which was just three seconds out of fourth. Chelsea Blanchard was the second Hoosier to cross the line, recovering from an early fall in the race to finish one spot out of All-Big Ten honors with 15th. Blanchard finished in 20:49. IU's top eight finishers were all in the top 40. Lyndsey Wall was the third Hoosier in 21:04 for 29th, Samantha Ginther was 32nd in 21:09 and Kelsey Duerksen was 36th in 21:15 to round out the top five. Caitlin Engel was 37th in 21:16, Erica Ridderman was 38th in 21:17 and Helene DeLone was 39th in 21:20.
HOOSIERS ARE BIG TEN RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said Pease and Hubers both executed their race plans well and helped the team achieve at a high level. "Sarah and Ben both ran very well in Arkansas," said Helmer. "It was great to see our teams run with some of the best teams in the nation, and they led the way."
HOOSIERS MOVE INTO NATIONAL TOP-10
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said the Hoosiers were where they feel they belong, but now they must prove they deserve to stay there.
"We had a good weekend and showed that we have a talented group of student-athletes on our men's and women's teams," said Helmer. "Now, we need to continue our training and perform at our best when it really counts, during the championship season."
HOOSIER INVITE WRAPS UP SEASON
Raby finished in 18:37.55 for the win. Ehrman was right behind in 18:59.65. Stockberger clocked a time of 25:25.26. Shimizu crossed the line in 25:35.37 and Bizuneh was done in 25:52.32.
PEASE TAKES CHILE PEPPER CROWN
Pease led the Indiana women's team to second, taking the individual title in the process. She finished in 16:39.42 for a 10 second win. The Hoosiers had a score of 72, finishing second to No. 28 Oklahoma State's 68. Pease was joined by Chelsea Blanchard and Samantha Ginther in the top 10, as Blanchard took eighth in 17:07.56 and Ginther was 10th in 17:15.59.
The No. 7 Indiana men took second,to defending NCAA Champion and No. 2 Oklahoma State. The Hoosiers finished with a score of 73, bettering No. 6 Arkansas by a point. Indiana was led by Ben Hubers in 8th and Andrew Poore in 9th. Hubers and Poore finished in 29:39.30 and 29.39.58 respectively. Indiana had five men in the top 25 of the 407-participant race. Zach Mayhew was 19th in 30:02.22 and Andy Bayer was 20th in 30:02.95. De'Sean Turner rounded out the top five in 23rd (30:13.33).
BAYER IS BIG TEN'S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said Bayer is very deserving and led the Hoosiers in an impressive team effort.
"We had a great team performance on the men's side," said Helmer. "Andy led the way for us and is very deserving of this award. It is exciting to be around the group of talented student-athletes we have on this team."
IU OWNS THE INDIANA INTERCOLLEGIATE
Blanchard made her move with a kilometer left on the 5K course leaving her competition behind to finish 4.5 seconds ahead of the field in 17:37.8. Ginther outkicked Ball State's Ali Bishel in the last 100m for a .4 second advantage in 17:42.3. Three more Hoosiers finished in the top 10, Caitlin Engel (6th, 17:54.8), Kelsey Duerksen (8th, 17:57.9) and Erica Ridderman (17:58.2). All nine Hoosiers finished in the top 18 spots of a race with 179 finishers.
Hubers led the Hoosier charge for the second-straight meet, finishing in 24:33.7. Mayhew was close behind in 24:36.9. The two Hoosiers were more than 10 seconds better than the rest of the field. Andy Weatherford took seventh in 24:55.2 and Nate Morrow was ninth in 25:03.7. Ben Bizuneh wrapped up the IU top five in 18th (25:36.8). Three more Hoosiers finished in the top 25 out of 185 finishers.
HOOSIERS ROLL IN SEASON OPENER
Pease ran the first 2K of the 5K course at a planned slower-than-normal pace before racing to the finish. She was in eighth place at the 2K mark, yet finished the race in first by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 18:12.86. Chelsea Blanchard took second in 18:22.11 and Samantha Ginther was third in 18:29.47 as Hoosiers claimed the top 10 spots.
Jefferson, now a professional triathlete, took the win in 25:17.99. Hubers ran a "handicapped" race much like Pease. The Marietta, Ga., native and teammates Andy Bayer, Andrew Poore, De'Sean Turner and Zach Mayhew all ran a planned pace for the first three miles of the 8K course. Hubers finished in 25:30.5 for the collegiate title and was immediately followed in by Bayer in 25:30.83, Poore in 25:31.16, Turner in 25:31.69, Nate Morrow in 25:32.18 and Mayhew in 25:32.63. Andy Weatherford was ninth in 25:38.39, wrapping up the Hoosier top seven.
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