Nov. 24, 2008
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Junior Wendi Robinson became the Hoosiers' seventh All-American in women's cross country at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country on the campus of Indiana State Monday afternoon. The meet played host to 252 entrants in the women's race, and Robinson finished the 6K course in 20:34.1 for 28th place. Robinson finished just 10.2 seconds out of the top 15.
Robinson's All-America honors are the seventh in IU history. She is the first since Jessica Gall took the honors in 2004 and 2005. Indiana cross country director and head coach Ron Helmer was very pleased with Robinson's efforts on the national stage.
"Wendi did a great job today. We had a goal of being in the top 40 and being an All-American, and she got that done," Helmer said. "She ran a really solid, good race as she has all year long. We always want to be at our best when it matters the most, and Wendi did just that today. I think that this race will make it easier the next time she lines up in a pressure situation like this, and we look forward to seeing her run in more big meets in the future."
Robinson clocked a time of 21:03.9 at the regional meet to pace the Hoosiers to a fifth-place finish and earn her spot at nationals. She has led Indiana all season, finishing among the top-five runners in four of IU's six meets. At the Big Ten Championships, Robinson crossed the finish line in a personal-best 20:55.1 in the 6K race to finish in eighth place and earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
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