September 17, 2001
Indiana to Fight the Illini
Although play was temporarily suspended, the Indiana women's cross country team will swing back into action on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Illini Invitational held at theOrange and Blue golf course in Savoy, Ill. The women's 5K will be run at 10: 30 a.m. CST following the men's 8K race.
Savoy the Site of Big Tens
The Illini Invitational provides Indiana the opportunity to test the grounds of the Orange and Blue golf course, the site of the 2001 Big Ten Championship to be held October 28.
To get to the Orange and Blue course from I-74 take 57S for approximatley 10 miles to Exit 229 (Willard Airport Exit). Take a left (heading east) on Monticello Road. Monticello will dead-end after approximately three miles at which point, take a left (heading north) on Route 45. Take a left on Airport Road (heading west). The Orange and Blue golf course is located on the righthand side.
Hear the Head Coaches
Women's Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "We actually wanted to compete in this meet months ago and the rescheduling of the Indiana Intercollegiates actually gave us the opportunity to decide to see the Big Ten course early. The regional course is a course we have run before and is close enough to go and practice on for the new athletes, whereas this course is not. It will give them an idea of what they can do on a flat course with good footing. There will be good competition there from Butler, Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Navy, and Wichita State, among others. We will really be working on seeing if some people can run together. We want to eliminate even that 20 meters between people and enforce the idea of fighting to stay with your teammates."
Racing for Results
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Rich in Returners
Every Big Ten and regional scorer returns for the women's team in 2001, including junior Allyson Hammond, who placed in the top 50 at the 2000 NCAA Championship.
All 14 of the athletes who ran in the Indiana Open on Aug. 31 will compete in the Illinois Invitational this weekend. Indiana will also run top returners Amanda Bell and Allyson Hammond for the first time this season.
Sophomore Audrey Giesler led the flock of Hoosiers heading into the finish line at the Indiana Open, IU's annual debut meet. The women claimed the top 13 of 14 places at the meet with Giesler winning with a 5K time of 19:16.70.
Peterson a Top Prep
Freshman Mindy Peterson was not content in letting her prep career speak for her. Peterson, a two-time state cross country champion and three-time track state champion from Milan, Illinois, placed second for Indiana at the recent Indiana Open with a 5K time of 19:36.60.
There are two Fighting Illini that Indiana doesn't mind having on their side, particularly if they are the top two finishers for the Hoosiers. Audrey Giesler of Downers Grove, Ill. and Mindy Peterson of Milan, Ill. were Indiana's top-two finishers at the Indiana Open as the 2001 season kicked off.
Bringin' Back the All-Big Ten Athletes
Juniors Allyson Hammond and Amanda Bell have become Indiana's first All-Big Ten athletes since 1993. From 1999 into the 2000 Pre-NCAA meet, Bell was Indiana's leader while Hammond was consistently in the top two following the 1999 NCAA Regionals. Hammond was IU's No.1 runner during the latter portion of 2000 and finished in the top five at both the Big Ten Championship and Great Lakes Regional, and took 48th at the NCAA Championship. Both sat out large portions of the track season, Hammond the entire season, due to injuries sustained in cross country, but look to build back to the top in 2001.
Senior Erin Womble and Junior/sophomore Lauren Weddell look to have their names close together on the results list in 2001 as well. Womble came through in the NCAA Great Lake Regional as Indiana's second athlete to score. Weddell finished in the top four from the Notre Dame Invite on last season, including her third place finish for the team at the Big Ten Championship. Weddell also scored for the Hoosiers in the conference in both indoor and outdoor track and looks for her spring success to move into the cross country season. At the recent Indiana Open, Weddell placed third followed by Womble in fourth out of a total 33 athletes.
Look Out for Obrecht
Watch for increased consistency from sophomore Becky Obrecht. She came into the NCAA Great Lakes Regional having last competed at the Notre Dame Invitational. In her first 6K of the season, Obrecht finished fifth on the team and scored. At the 2001 Indiana Open on August 31, Obrecht was fifth for the Hoosiers. Her 5K time of 19:45.70 was nearly a one minute improvement compared to her previous 5K best on Indiana's course run at last season's Indiana Intercollegiates (20:41.50).
Crowley No Crawler
Sophomore Heidi Crowley is no crawler on the course for the Hoosiers. She came through in the big meets for IU last season, posting season best 5K and 6K times at the Big Ten Championship and the Great Lakes Regional. Crowley placed seventh of 33 athletes at the Indiana Open.
Move Over for Glover
Junior/sophomore Megan Glover improved from running a 20:10.50 5K at the Indiana Intercollegiates to posting a 19:48 5K at the Notre Dame Invite last season. In track, she went from running a 5:34 indoor track mile as a redshirt to a 4:48.22 1,500m in the 2001 outdoor season and looks to bring her added strength to the 2001 cross country course.
Raving Over Recruits and Redshirts
There will be some new faces to watch for in the 2001 season.
On the women's side, watch for new recruit Mindy Peterson of Milan, Ill., to show her stuff on the course. Peterson is a two-time state cross country and 800m champion and won the state title in the mile as a senior. Peterson is a true student-athlete who was named the Quad Cities Female Athlete of the Year and has been accepted into the IU honors program.