Women's Cross Country

    Indiana Hosts 67th Annual Intercollegiates Friday

    Go Hoosiers! Kristin Whitezell and the Indiana women's cross country team looks for their second Indiana Intercollegiate title in three years.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kristin Whitezell and the Indiana women's cross country team looks for their second Indiana Intercollegiate title in three years.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 13, 2005

    The No. 23 Hoosiers will stay at home this season for the 67th Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday, Sept. 16th. The event will feature three races, starting with the open race at 3:30 followed by the women's 5k at 4:30 and the men's 8k at 5:15. A total of 28 women's teams and 29 men's teams will be represented at this annual meet. The women's team won the event in 2003 and are looking to make it two out of three after a close loss to Purdue last season. Below is a break down of the last five outings:

    Year-IU Place-Host-Champion
    1999-3rd-Indiana St.-Purdue
    2000-3rd-Indiana-Ball St.
    2003-1st-Indiana St.-Indiana

    Community 5k Run A Success
    The Hoosiers hosted a community 5k run on Friday Sept. 2 at the IU cross country course. A total of 66 runners participated, with senior Larra Overton finishing first for the Hoosiers in19:04. A total of six Hoosiers ran for the women's team.

    Hoosiers Ranked 23rd in FinishLynx/NCAA Poll
    Led by Senior All-American Jessica Gall, the Indiana women's cross-country team is ranked No. 23 in the FinishLynx/NCAA Division I poll and ranked number No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region by the Women's Cross-Country Association.

    The Hoosiers finished last season in the No. 24 spot. In the Great Lakes Region, the Hoosiers are ranked behind Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State. Other teams of interest include, #14 Illinois, #30 Butler, and also receiving votes was Iowa.

    Indiana hopes to use this recognition as a springboard into the 2005 season.

    "It' s nice to be recognized in the national poll," Indiana head coach Judy Wilson said. "Having been at the NCAA Championships for the past three years, the team certainly has proven that we are a national caliber program."

    Returning All-American
    Junior Jessica Gall headlines the returning letterwinners for Indiana. Gall became just the eighth female runner in school history to earn All-American honors during the cross country season when she finished in 18th place at NCAA's.

    Back Home Again in Indiana
    The Hoosiers have a travel friendly schedule this season, leaving the state only three times. The team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn once during the regular season and once for the Big Ten Championships, and will take a trip to Chicago for the Loyola Lakefront Invitational.

    Homegrown Talent
    This year's squad is loaded with talent from across Indiana with nine runners hailing from the Hoosier state. That number also includes two Bloomington natives, sophomore Maura Ratcliff (South) and freshman Lydia Serfling (North).

    Up Next
    The Hoosiers will hit the road for the first time this season when they head to the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.



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