Hoosiers Finish 12th at NCAA's
Waterloo, Iowa. - The Indiana University men's cross country team finished 12th at the NCAA Championships Monday afternoon in Waterloo, Iowa, at the Byrnes Park/Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course.
The team made its third appearance in four years, enjoying a No. 12 ranking heading into the finals competition. With the remarkable 12th-place finish, the Hoosiers definitely made an improvement from last year's 25th-place finish. Sophomore Sean Jefferson led the Hoosiers, placing 19th overall and shaving nearly 43 seconds time off the time he ran at the pre-NCAA on Nov. 15, 2003. He finished with a time of 29:57.7. Jefferson had the highest finish for an IU individual since 1992 when Bob Kennedy was the individual champion.
Not only did the Hoosiers mark their best finish since 1987 when they placed 10th overall and have its best finish under head coach Robert Chapman, but two Hoosiers, Jefferson and senior Chris Powers also became All-Americans, . Powers finished 44th overall with a time of 30:20.6
Jefferson said it felt really good to have the team do so well and to become an All-American for the first time in his career.
"I started out the race really slow and just concentrated the whole time through," said Jefferson. "I had my lucky gloves on, so I knew it was going to be a good day. I am especially glad that I am on my way to catching up to my brother (John), who has already received All-American honors twice. This was a pretty big accomplishment for me."
Charlie Koeppen finished 96th with a time of 31:03.3, Stephan Haas finished 118th with a 31:16.4 time, Tom Burns finished 121st at 31:18.9, Chad Andrews finished 148th at 31:33.9 and rounding out the Hoosier line-up was Eric Redman who finished 183rd with a time of 32:14.1
Chapman was extremely pleased with today's outcome.
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