Gall and Hattendorf Qualify for NCAA Championships
Nov. 11, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana seniors Jessica Gall and Lindsay Hattendorf each qualified for a spot at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships with their respective performances at the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Gall, a two-time All-American, and Hattendorf became the first two women in IU cross country history to earn at spot at nationals in each of their four years of competition. Gall placed fifth overall with a time of 21:03.26 in the 6K, while Hattendorf followed in 10th with a time of 21:12.16 to lead the Hoosiers to a seventh place finish with a team score of 159 points among the field of 30 teams.
"Lindsay was leading the race thru about the 4K and she did a great job." IU head women's cross country coach Judy Wilson said. "Getting both Jess and Lindsay to nationals is monumental for IU in having two women earn four trips to the NCAA's in their careers. With the way they are running right now, we want to bring home two All-Americans."
Sophomore Wendi Robinson finished 20th in 21:52.34, freshman Kellee Lemcke finished 53rd overall in a career best 22:37.06, and sophomore Ashley Sommer rounded out Indiana's top-five with a time of 22:59.50 to finish 76th overall. Sophomore Stephanie Greer finished 82nd overall with a time of 23:04.38 and redshirt sophomore Kristina Trcka placed 83rd overall with a time of 23:05.01.
"We wanted to go out hard and see what we could do," Wilson said. "We did what we needed to do with our top three, but I think our four and five runners struggled because of missing earlier big meets due to injuries and illness. If they would have had the chance to train all season, we would have been at least a top four team in the region."
"Three of our seven runners (Greer, Lemcke, Trcka) had never been in this race, so we have a bright future with who we have returning," Wilson said. 34:08.21.
The 2006 NCAA Championships will be held at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 20. The women's 6K is slated to start at Noon (EST).
Top Ten Team Finishes (Score)
Indiana Individual Finishes (Overall Place/Time)
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