September 12, 2000
Men's and Women's Cross Country
Hoosiers Battle on Home Course in the Indiana Intercollegiates
Friday, September 15, 2000 (Meet begins with the Open race at 4:00 p.m.)
The Duel's Schedule
The Hoosiers will host the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday, September 15, 2000. The meet will be held on their home cross country course, which is located behind the Indiana University golf course. There will be an Open race at 4:00 p.m. followed by the start of the women's 5K race at 4:45 p.m. The men will complete a distance of 8K, their competition kicking off at 5:15 p.m. immediately following the conclusion of the women's race.
'Third-teenth Time's a Charm'
The Indiana Intercollegiates represents an annual gathering of all university and college teams from the state of Indiana. This season will mark the 13th time that the Hoosiers have hosted this prestigious event. Indiana has taken home the team title a total of 34 times since 1938 on the men's side and seven times since 1981 on the women's side.
Racing for Results
Complete race results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing the Men's and/or Women's Cross Country link(s) from the main menu. For more information contact Brooke Nash at (812) 855-9399 or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of the Hoosiers
Dr. Robert Chapman begins his third season as Head Men's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. Last season, under Chapman's guidance, the Hoosiers jumped five spots in the Big Ten standings. One has to go back to 1993 to see the last time a team made such an improvement from one season to the next at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship. With his first recruiting class being one of the nation's best and the most recent containing the same grade of talent, Chapman is looking towards even greater success in 2000.
Judy Bogenschutz also begins her third season as Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. In the fall of 1999, Bogenschutz led the squad to it's making the largest single improvement by any team at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship since 1994. A handful of her distance runners were factors in the Indiana Women's Track and Field team's undefeated 2000 seasons and Indoor and Outdoor Big Ten Championship team titles. Bogenschutz looks for that success to carry over into the fall.
Men's Coach Robert Chapman: "Because of the extreme intensity of our training level at the moment, we will have to see who is fresh and healthy both physically and mentally. Taking the results of last year and the recent results of the Sam Bell Invitational into consideration, I have confidence that we have a deep group of both experienced and young talent ready to prove themselves to be some of the top runners in Indiana."
Women's Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "This is a big meet for us in terms of attempting to move up one level at a time. Our goal is to emerge as the team champions of this meet and post a performance at Intercollegiates that hasn't been posted for Indiana Women's Cross Country in a long time. On the other hand, we have tough competition among Purdue and Ball State, in which both teams have approximately four seniors in their top seven. In order to overcome this and achieve our initiatives, our team is going to have to maintain their awareness during the race and work hard to close the gap between our number two runner and our next five. Hopefully, thirteen is a lucky number for us."
The women will compete against a vast number of teams including Big Ten Conference rival Purdue. While the Boilermakers claimed the team title in 1999, the Hoosiers will debut with a team hungry for their contributions to indoor and outdoor track Big Ten success (the women were the 2000 Indoor and Outdoor Team Champions in undefeated seasons) to carry over into the cross country season.
Not only does Indiana have top leaders like defending Intercollegiate Champion and All-Big Ten Athlete Amanda Bell and All-America Candidate Allyson Hammond but they also have established a cohesive group of both experienced and young talent. At the Sam Bell Invitational on Friday, September 1st, runners three through six finished within 8 seconds of one another on Indiana's grueling home course. Taking these factors into consideration, the Hoosiers seek to utilize their advantages to dominate the Intercollegiates competition.
The men will take on numerous teams including the Purdue Boilermakers. In 1999, Indiana fell into runner-up status on account of Butler and will face them again this year. However, the Hoosiers currently post one of the deepest rosters of interchangeable ability to have existed in recent history. In the opening meet of the season two weeks ago (the Sam Bell Invitational), Head Coach Robert Chapman deliberately held out some of his top runners in order to gauge 'supporting staff' performance. He was not disappointed.
Chapman commented, "I can see that even when we held out our top four or five guys, our six and seven and supporting members are running within 10 seconds of Wisconsin's six and seven guys, Wisconsin being ranked fourth or fifth in the country. This signals to me that we are doing something right in our training."
Mile to Mile Team Profiles
Countless filled boxes will surround the Indiana Women's Cross Country team as they line up for the start of the 5K race: boxes assigned to meet entrants Bethel College, Indiana State, IUPUI, Oakland City University, Purdue, St. Joseph's College, University of Indianapolis, and Valparaiso, Ball State University, Huntington, Anderson, Manchester, IPFW, Franklin, St. Francis, DePauw, Marian, Taylor, Butler, Evansville, Goshen, and Hanover. Look for the match between Big Ten and Region rivals Indiana, Ball State, and Purdue. Ball State is currently ranked 5th behind Purdue (4th) whereas Indiana is ranked 9th in the most recent Great Lakes Regional poll. Purdue took home the team title last year in this meet and ended their season with a sixth place finish in the Great Lakes Regional. Recent times turned in for the opening 2000 season include performances at the Wabash Hokum Karem on Sat. Sept. 2nd, in which two runners are paired for a four mile race, one member running the first and third miles and the other running the second and fourth. Sophomores Teresa Kamleiter and Jesse Wilder turned in a 22:33.0 while junior Heather Hartshorne and senior Ann Stechschulte posted a time of 22:34.0. Indiana State University has also been posting impressive times from two freshmen. Jessica Crowder ran a 15:27.50 and Amber Bucci finished in 15:28.70 at the Sycamore Pride 4K.
The men's 8K competition will feature Ball State, Bethel College, IUPUI, Oakland City University, Purdue, Southern Indiana, St. Joseph's College, University of Indianapolis, Valparaiso, Taylor, Vincennes, Huntington, Indiana State, IPFW, Franklin, St. Francis, DePauw, Grace, Marian, Taylor, Butler, Evansville, Goshen, Hanover, Anderson, Manchester, and Wabash College, among others. Indiana State University claimed consecutive team titles in 1997 and 1998. In the more recent Bradley Open 8K, senior Jason Petipren led the Sycamore men with a time of 25:41.47 followed by Isiah Stafford at 25:46.21, Jason Gunn in 25:59.06, and Travis Lozier at 26:01.90. Butler will arrive as defending team champions. Big Ten rival Purdue will also vie for position. 1999 Team MVP and recent Big Ten Athlete of the Week (9/12) Donnie Fellows and Honorary Team Captain Matt Seeds will lead their team into competition. Also, keep an eye out for the Ball State Cardinals, who will enter under the new leadership of first-year head coach Jim Sprecher.
And Now, Your Indiana Hoosiers
Many of these distance athletes were a part of the exciting 2000 indoor and outdoor track seasons, in which the women were undefeated and claimed BigTen team titles in both seasons. Running in the Intercollegiates will be Amanda Bell, Courtney Bell, Allyson Hammond, Stephanie Magley, Erin Womble, Whitney Bevins, Lauren Weddell, Heidi Crowley, and Audrey Giesler. In the Open race will be Suzanne Botkin, Megan Glover, Kelli Lipps, and Becky Obrecht.
Bell: All Bite
They say that until you're the lead dog, the view never changes. As an All-Big Ten Athlete and the defending 1999 Intercollegiates Individual Champion, the view of sophomore Amanda Bell's back rarely changes for many. Bell opened the 2000 season with a 19 second improvement on her opening 4K time compared to 1999 (2000 Sam Bell 4K-14:36.40/1999 Indiana Open 4K-14:55.0).
Sophomore Allyson Hammond has consistently placed herself as Indiana's number-two runner since her steady improvement in 1999, which culminated in her 18th place (2nd for the team) finish in the Great Lakes Regionals (17:45.6). Hammond serves as a liaison amongst the team as she pushes Amanda Bell and leads others to excel. Her 2000 training is intended to push her even closer to fellow teammate Amanda Bell and Coach Bogenschutz will be looking for that to pay off during the season.
Moving Up Magley
The 1999 cross country season saw junior Stephanie Magley post her top two collegiate career times. She is one of the most experienced Hoosiers and her transition from a runner to a racer has already begun to shine this season. In the 2000 Sam Bell Invitational, Magley ran a 6:14 mile average to finish third for the team in an impressive time of 15:31.77. That is a 15 second improvement compared to the same distance competed last season.
Senior Courtney Bell, a transfer from Missouri, is following through with her plans to make the most of her final cross country season. Bell posted top outdoor track times in the 800m (2:12) and the 1,500m (4:39) and has entered the 2000 cross country season with that same attack. Bell shaved a whopping 44 seconds off of her 1999 4K time in the season opener two weeks ago, dropping from a 16:16.5 to a 15:32.95.
'Going for it' Giesler
Freshman Audrey Giesler entered Indiana with a reputation as a middle-distance runner. This Downers Grove prospect was the Illinois Indoor 800m State Champion yet has quickly proven that she is ready to race, no matter the distance. Giesler finished 5th for the team at the Sam Bell Invitational in 15:42.32.
Weddell has something-You can tell
Sophomore Lauren Weddell began training with the Indiana distance squad in 1999 as a redshirt and has surprised the competition with her abilities. Weddell finished just one second behind 5th runner Audrey Giesler in the Sam Bell Invitational recently with a time of 15:43.27.
Junior Erin Womble was one of the Hoosiers' top five runners five times last season as well as being an All-Big Ten candidate. Womble exhibited her endurance capabilities as she ran the mile, the 3K, and the 5K during the 2000 track season. With her strong performances, she will look to be a major factor in Indiana's cross country achievements this fall.
My, My Heidi
This is what head coach Judy Bogenschutz was thinking when freshman Heidi Crowley finished so well in the Sam Bell opener. Crowley finished seventh for the team in 15:51.20.
Breaking Through Bevins
Sophomore Whitney Bevins competed in four meets for the Hoosiers last season and has since exhibited marked improvement. This year, her hopes to crack Indiana's top five and score for the Hoosiers are within reach as she improved on her 4K time (1999 Indiana Open-16:46.4/2000 Sam Bell Invitational-16:10.47).
Sockin' It To 'Em Suzanne
Junior Suzanne Botkin competed in six meets for the Hoosiers last season, one of which included her first appearance in the Big Ten Cross Country Championship race. This year she will again look to support her team's depth. Botkin will compete in the Open.
Who's That Girl?
Newcomers to collegiate competition gained experience in the 2000 Sam Bell Invitational and will be seeking more in the Open Intercollegiates competition. Sophomore Megan Glover trained in 1999 as a redshirt, setting a 5:34 mile personal record. She ran a 16:22.34 at the Sam Bell Invitational. Freshman Becky Obrecht was not far behind, posting a 16:23.14 for 4K. Freshman Kelli Lipps will also look to move up throughout future competitions. Lipps ran a 16:56.42 in the Sam Bell Invite.
For the Men
With such a deep roster, there will be a mix of runners in the Open as well as the 8K race. Running in the Intercollegiates will be Tom Brooks, Aaron Gillen, Chad Andrews, Bart Phariss, Nathan Gooden, Dan Billish, Jeff Zeha, Kevin Chandler, Matt Sweetman, Chris Powers, and Nathan Purcell. In the Open: Kurtis George, Nate Jones, Doug Paley, Brandon Weiss, Judd Arnold, Tom Burns, Joel Cotton, Rob DeWitte, Tom Taylor, and Josh Trissler will race.
Senior Aaron Gillen has been a mainstay for the Hoosiers. He has been one of the Hoosiers' top two runners for much of the last two seasons. The leadership he exhibits and his ability to handle pressure situations makes him Indiana's 'go-to-guy.'
Senior Tom Brooks has evolved into one of Indiana's top runners. He has improved his beginning cross country times by over one minute and, during the 2000 track season, proved himself to be one of the top 3000m steeplechase runners in the Big Ten. His rise in performance will provide consistency for the Hoosiers this year.
Fifth-year senior Dan Billish brings his mid-distance thrills to the cross country hills and has shown the ability and determination to convert into a solid cross country athlete. This 1:51.72 half mile runner also posts impressive times in the 8K (25:08.32) and 10K (38:28.07). Two weeks ago, Billish ran the 7K Sam Bell Invite in 24:26.72.
Sophomore Chad Andrews played a key role for the Hoosiers as a freshman. In the last four meets of 1999 (Loyola Invite, Pre-NCAA, Big Ten Championship, and NCAA Great Lakes Regional), Andrews was ranked in the top five for the Hoosiers. The 2000 season should see him solidify the top five pack.
Bart On the Charts
As a prep, Bart Phariss entered Indiana as a cross country state champ (junior year) and state record holder in the 3,200 m (9:28). He placed 17th at the World Cross Country Junior team trials and was redshirted as a freshman. Now a sophomore, Phariss broke into competition two weeks ago, finishing second among those IU runners competing (Sam Bell 7K-23:12.70).
New Guy Gooden
Look for sophomore Nathan Gooden of Mt. Vernon, Indiana on the course Friday. A redshirt as a freshman, Gooden was spotted towards the front of the pack at the Sam Bell Invitational 7K, in which he finished 8th with a time of 23:15.37.
Sophomore Jeff Zeha is ready to ride after his freshman redshirt season. Zeha placed 34th at the World Cross Country Junior team trials in 1999. In 2000, Zeha won the 3000m steeplechase at Junior Nationals and competed in the USA vs. Canada Dual Meet in the same event.
Power Inside Powers
Powerful performance is the only description for sophomore Chris Powers' 1999 cross country season. After ranking as one of Indiana's top five runners in three of the most important meets of the year (Pre-NCAA, Big Ten Championship, and NCAA Regionals) as a freshman, potential waits to be fulfilled in 2000.
Looking for a Sweet Performance
Sophomore Matt Sweetman will compete attached for the Hoosiers. Sweetman is among the many talented freshman brought in and redshirted in 1999 ready to compete in 2000.
Says Coach Chapman of sophomore Nathan Purcell as he also comes off a redshirt season, "I consider Nathan to be perhaps the biggest wild card on our team. If things start clicking for him, he has the potential to be an All-American."
Kevin with the Kick
Junior Kevin Chandler has worked hard for his amazing improvement over the years. In 1999, before being sidelined with a season-ending injury, Chandler was one of Indiana's top five runners in the first two meets.
Which Way Did He Go, George?
To the finish and fast. Coach Chapman has been so impressed by freshman Kurtis George's performance in practice that the debate exists whether or not to redshirt him in his first season. The cousin of fellow IU teammate Chad Andrews racked up cross country prep awards by winning the semi-state championship as a junior and senior, and placing third in the state his senior year.
Judd the Stud
This fresh 'horse' from Edina, Minnesota will most likely redshirt for eligibility. But, freshman Judd Arnold has a record which proves his worth. His times include 50.2 in the 400m, 1:55.2 in the 800m, 4:22.36 in the 1600m, and 9:40 in the 3200m.
Sophomore Joel Cotton is moving into longer distances after a successful 2000 track season, in which he posted a 1:21.01 for 600m, a 1:55.85 for 800m, and a 51.76 for 400m. Cotton ran unattached in the Sam Bell Invitational two weeks ago, finishing 7K in 25:45.26.
Burning It Up
Freshman Thomas Burns of Hammond, Indiana will run unattached. He harbors a great range of speed in the 400m (53.0), the 800m (1:58), and the 1600m (4:18.5). Burns ran a 5:37 mile average at the recent Sam Bell Invite 7K.
Senior Tom Taylor is a transfer from Ball State University now eligible for competition after redshirting last season. Not only is he talented (1:56.32 for the 800m and 4:14.46 for the mile) but he brings experience to the team.
Pushing It Paley
Junior Doug Paley of Clayton, Missouri will round out the group of Hoosiers running unattached. Paley ran a time of 24:16.71 for 7K in the Sam Bell Invitational recently.
Rounding it Out
Rounding it out for the Hoosiers in the Open competition will be sophomore Rob DeWitte, Nate Jones, who will complete his final year of eligibility in the 2001 Indoor and Outdoor track season, junior Brandon Weiss of Northrop High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Josh Trissler.