IU Women's Cross Country Finishes Seventh at Big Ten Meet
Oct. 29, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Paced by senior All-American Jessica Gall's 10th-place effort, Indiana amassed 158 points to finish seventh as a team at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships at the IU Cross Country Championship Course on Sunday, Oct. 29.
Gall posted a time of 21:01 over the 6,000-meter course en route to earning a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team. The fifth-year senior's time was one second faster than her previous best 6K Big Ten time, which she set in 2004.
"I was hoping to finish higher, but you have to take what you can get on any given day, and for me this is great motivation for Regionals," Gall said. "I definitely lost some ground towards the end. I had trouble breathing the last 2k of the race, and running is just a gut check of how much pain you can endure."
Fellow fifth-year senior Lindsay Hattendorf finished second for the Hoosiers, posting a time of 21:20, also a career-best in the Big Ten Championship on a 6K course.
Sophomore Wendi Robinson finished third for IU, and 29th overall, turning in a time of 21:59, nearly 19 seconds faster than her time at the 2005 league summit.
Freshman Kellee Lemcke was Indiana's fourth runner to cross the finish line, as she completed the course in 22:40 to finish 49th overall. Sophomore Kristina Trcka capped the Hoosiers' scoring with a 58th-place finish in 22:53.
Sophomore Ashley Sommer finished 61st overall and sixth for Indiana in 23:02, while freshman Hailee Elmore was the Hoosiers' seventh finisher, coming in 75th with a time of 23:42. Maura Ratcliff was 82nd overall in 24:19.
Michigan's Erin Webster was the individual champion with a 20:23 finish, as she topped teammate Alyson Kohlmeier by 12 seconds. The Wolverines won the team title with 52 team points. Wisconsin was the runner-up with 91 points, followed by Minnesota (92), Michigan State (101), Illinois (107), Iowa (112), Indiana (158), Penn State (222), Ohio State (252), Purdue (297) and Northwestern (321).
"It was a little on the disappointing side," Indiana administrative assistant Sandy Tecklenburg said. "We had hoped to be in the top five, but to be honest, the top six teams are all nationally ranked, giving the race a pretty tall order. Stephanie [Greer] was sick today and she is usually our fourth runner. She didn't even finish the race. Kellee Lemcke came back from a sprained ankle and she did a really good job today. She moved up, kept passing people, and really ran a nice race."
Indiana returns to action at the Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 11 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Big Ten Championship Finishes
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