Women's Cross Country

    Women's Cross Country Travels To Indiana Intercollegiates Friday

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Sarah Pease
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Sarah Pease
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 12, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers hit the road for their second meet of the season when they travel north to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Indiana Intercollegiates, hosted by Purdue. The women's 5K race is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Purdue University Championship Course on Friday, Sept. 14. The race includes all divisions of Indiana colleges and universities only.

    Last season, the Hoosiers won the Intercollegiates meet, taking first for a fourth-straight time with a team score of 38 points. Indiana placed three among the top 10, including former Hoosier Jessica Gall, who won the individual title with a time of 17:36.3.

    Sophomore Sarah Pease finished ninth as the Indiana women's cross country team opened the season with the Indiana Invitational on the IU Cross Country Championship Course in Bloomington on Saturday, Sept. 8. The meet marked the first for the Hoosiers under head coach Ron Helmer.

    Pease led Indiana with a ninth place finish and a time of 19:01 in the women's 5K. Junior Kristina Trcka finished 15th with a time of 19:33, while sophomore Jenny Kulow followed in 22nd with a time of 19:54.

    Also competing for the Hoosiers were seniors Maura Ratcliff (23rd, 20:08) and Lauren Keefe (25th, 20:12), freshman Natalie Goolik (26th, 20:14) and junior Sarah Bieliski (29th, 21:05).



    Former Indiana standout Jessica Gall was selected as one of 30 finalists for the 17th annual Woman of the Year award, announced by the NCAA on Aug. 28.

    Gall, who just completed her master's degree in journalism, wrapped up her career at Indiana with a Big Ten individual title and a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 10,000-meter run.

    A four-time All-American in cross country and track, Gall is the fourth straight Hoosier to earn the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She is also a five-time All-Big Ten and a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Gall also earned a spot on the 2007 First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic Women's Track and Field/Cross Country All-America Team.

    The top three winners per division will be announced in September, while the Woman of the Year honoree will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 27.

    Ron Helmer was named the Indiana Director and Head Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field on May 25, 2007. Helmer served in the same capacity at Georgetown University the last eight years.

    Helmer was promoted to director in July 1999 after serving as associate head coach with the Hoyas for seven seasons and assistant coach for the five years prior. During his tenure, 120 of his student-athletes earned a total of 342 All-American recognitions, including 41 student-athletes receiving 96 certificates since becoming director in 1999. In addition, 219 student-athletes captured BIG EAST individual titles, including 67 since the start of the 1999-00 academic year.

    The Hoosiers will host the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10. This year's regional meet marks the first one in Bloomington since 2005 and the second time IU has been the host.

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