Terre Haute, Ind. - The Indiana University women's and men's cross country teams competed in the NCAA Championships Monday afternoon at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Webash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
Amid the fanfare of the national championship, IU's women's team competed in its first national championship since 1990. The women entered the race ranked a season-high 20th in the FinishLynx NCAA poll, finishing 14th overall, just ahead of a tough Michigan team.
Individually for the Hoosiers, Mindy Peterson finished 42nd overall in leading IU. Her time of 20:55.0 time was also a personal best in 6K competition. Audrey Giesler placed 57th overall with a time of 21:03.3. Jessica Gall came in 89thh overall and in third place for IU with her time of 21:23.1 while Lindsay Hattendorf's time of 21:35.0 was a personal best. Rounding out the Hoosier lineup was Becky Obrecht with a time of 21:40.0, yet another personal best.
Head coach Judy Wilson said, "The girls were very relaxed today. There really was no expectation on them, so they ran their best. With all of them back next year and with their attitude that they're happy about their finish, but never satisfied, this is only the beginning for this team."
The men's team made its second appearance in three years, enjoying a No. 15 ranking heading into the finals competition. With a disappointing 25th place finish, the Hoosiers will look to the offseason. John Jefferson led the Hoosiers with a time of 30:57.4.
Head coach Robert Champan said, "Today was just a total meltdown."