Women's Cross Country

    2003 Season Opens

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    August 26, 2003


    This Week: The Indiana men's and women's cross country teams kick off the 2003 season with the Indiana Open Friday afternoon at the IU Cross Country Course. The women's 5K starts at 4:45 p.m., with the men's 7K at 5:10 p.m.

    There will be six teams competing in this year's event. In addition to the Hoosiers, South Florida (men and women), Louisville (women), Wisconsin-Green Bay (men and women), Manchester College (men and women) and Huntington College (men and women) will also kick off the year in Bloomington.

    Competitive Field: The field at the Indiana Open features 14 runners who competed at the 2002 NCAA Championships. South Florida's Christa Benton finished 40th at last year's race in Terre Haute, while IU's Mindy Peterson, Audrey Giesler, Jessica Gall, Lindsay Hattendorf, Becky Obrecht, Allison Miller and Kelly Siefker led the Hoosier women to a 14th-place finish. John Jefferson, Sean Jefferson, Eric Redman, Tom Burns, Stephen Haas and Nathan Purcell paced the Indiana men to a 25th-place finish.

    Year-Round Success: The 2002-03 season was one of the most successful in Indiana track and cross country history. Here is a summary of the Hoosiers' accomplishments last year:

    CROSS COUNTRY
    • Coach Judy Wilson's women's team finished 14th at the NCAA Championship, the best Hoosier finish since 1990 (13th).
    • The IU women cracked the national polls (No. 18 on Oct. 21) for the first time in 13 years.
    • After finishing ninth at the 2001 Big Ten meet, Indiana took third in 2002, as three Hoosier athletes - Audrey Giesler, Jessica Gall and Becky Obrecht - earned all-league honors. This marked the first time in school history that Indiana had three all-league runners in the same season, and it was IU's best Big Ten performance since the 1990 club won the title.
    • The Hoosier women also posted a dramatic turnaround at the NCAA Great Lakes Region meet, improving from 12th to fourth.
    Robert Chapman's men's team took fourth at the Big Ten Championship, as Indiana was just one of two league schools to record a top four finish in both men's and women's cross country. The IU men have finished in the upper half of the league each of the last four years.
    • The Hoosier men's team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, marking the second time in three years that the entire team had qualified for nationals.
    • Redshirt freshmen John and Sean Jefferson became the first Hoosier rookies since Olympian Bob Kennedy (1988) to earn all-league honors. John was fourth at the Big Ten meet, and Sean was sixth.
    John Jefferson became the third runner in school history (Bob Kennedy, 1988 and Marcus Bakken, 1997) to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
    • A total of 18 IU men's and women's cross country runners were named Academic All-Big Ten.

    TRACK
    John Jefferson was the national runner-up in the indoor mile.
    • Audrey Giesler won the Big Ten outdoor title in the 3000m steeplechase with a league record time of 10:14.19.
    • Giesler (3000m steeplechase), Tom Burns (3000m steeplechase), John Jefferson (1500m) and Sean Jefferson (5000m) each qualified for the NCAA Championships.
    • The Jefferson twins each competed in the 1500m at the USA Track and Field Championships in Stanford, Calif.
    Kelly Siefker placed second in the 2000m steeplechase at the Pan- American Junior Championships held at the National Stadium in Waterford, St. Michael in Bridgetown Barbados. Siefker was one of the 88 track and field athletes who earned qualifying times to represent Team USA. She finished with a time of 6:46, the same time she earned when she ran in the 2003 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Stanford, Calif.. earlier this year.

    The Coaches: Judy Wilson is in her sixth season as the head women's cross country coach, but she is no stranger to IU Women's Cross Country. As a student-athlete in the mid-1980s, she played a key role in the Hoosiers' regional and national success in cross country, and she is enjoying the same results as head coach. Consider:

    • Indiana finished 14th at the 2002 NCAA Championships, the best Hoosier finish since 1990 (13th).
    • The IU women cracked the national polls (No. 18 on Oct. 21) for the first time in 13 years.
    • After finishing ninth at the 2001 Big Ten meet, Indiana took third in 2002, as three Hoosier athletes - Audrey Giesler, Jessica Gall and Becky Obrecht - earned all-league honors. This marked the first time in school history that Indiana had three all-league runners in the same season, and it was IU's best Big Ten performance since the 1990 club won the title.
    • The Hoosier women also posted a dramatic turnaround at the 2002 NCAA Great Lakes Region Meet, improving from 12th to fourth.
    In the past four seasons, Indiana has had five All-Big Ten athletes. IU also continues to hold high academic standards as 16 Hoosiers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors the last two seasons.

    A former walk-on at Indiana (1984-1988), Wilson transformed into one of the most improved and strongest athletes on the team. She was named team captain in 1987-88 and won the Most Improved Athlete Award and the Coaches Award in 1986 and 1988 and the Scholastic Achievement Award in 1987.

    After spending two seasons as the track and cross country coach at Bloomington South, Wilson was an assistant coach at South Florida in 1990, the head coach and program coordinator for men's and women's cross country and track and field at DePauw University from 1992-1996 and the the assistant women's cross country and track and field coach at the University of Connecticut from 1996-1998.

    Dr. Robert Chapman, the 2000 Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year, is in his sixth season as head men's cross country coach at Indiana University.

    In 2002, Indiana took fourth in the Big Ten Championships, as IU was one of two league schools to record a top four finish in both men's and women's cross country. IU's men have finished in the upper half of the league each of the last four years and has had at least one NCAA qualifier in five of the last six years. The Hoosier men's team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, marking the second time in three years that the entire team had qualified for nationals.

    Redshirt freshmen John and Sean Jefferson became the first Hoosier rookies since Olympian Bob Kennedy (1988) to earn all-league honors. John was fourth at the Big Ten meet, and Sean was sixth. In addition, John Jefferson became the third runner in school history to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.

    Chapman has long been a familiar face in Bloomington. His development began in the fall of 1991 as a graduate assistant for IU's cross country and track teams, where he was mentored by Sam Bell. Chapman earned his master of science in exercise physiology during this time, graduating in the spring of 1992.

    He then left IU to be the head coach for men's and women's cross country at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. Having just turned 23 years old, Chapman held the honor of being the youngest collegiate head coach in America at the time.

    At Sierra, Chapman's impact was felt immediately. Both the men's and women's cross country squads qualified for the 1992 California Cross Country Championship, the first time that feat had occurred at Sierra in nine years.

    Chapman returned to Indiana in the fall of 1993 as a volunteer assistant coach. Just as important, Chapman spent his next three years working toward a PhD in human performance and exercise physiology.

    He earned his PhD in 1996, and took a position as a research fellow at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine in Dallas, Texas. While conducting research centered on limitations to performance in elite athletes, Chapman served as project coordinator for USA Track and Field's and the U.S. Olympic Committee's funded research on the "live high-train low" altitude training model.

    In 1997 Chapman recruited 27 of America's best-emerging elite distance athletes to participate in the most extensive research to date on the effects of altitude training on distance runners.

    Did You Know?
    Judy Wilson coached Bloomington South to its first-ever Indiana state meet appearance and also coached the boys' 400m state champion.
    • In less than two years under Wilson, Indiana's Becky Obrecht (34:32) and Monica Hostetler (34:47) and Connecticut's Danyelle Wood (34:09) and Allison Ciosek (34:48) have each completed the 10K in less than 35 minutes.
    • Indiana's 2002 cross country team was one of the most improved teams in the nation, finishing 14th overall and having five of its top seven runners turn in personal-best performances. The Hoosiers had entered the championship ranked 20th nationally.
    • Indiana was one of only three schools (along with Arkansas and Texas) to have a men's track and field athlete qualify for the 2003 Outdoor NCAA's in each of the 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase, and 5,000m events.
    • With three distance qualifiers for the 2003 Outdoor NCAAs, Indiana was tied for the fourth-most nationally, trailing only Arkansas, Stanford, and Northern Arizona.
    • In 2002, Indiana was one of only four programs in the nation (with Colorado, Arkansas, and Stanford) to have four separate athletes post times of 14:10 or better for 5,000m - and all four were either freshman or sophomores in eligibility.

    Hoosiers On The Web: For the latest information on Indiana cross country, including notes, results and top times, please refer to the official Indiana athletics' website, iuhoosiers.com.



     

     

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