September 17, 2003
Bloomington, IN - This Week: The No. 17 Indiana men's and No. 18 IU women's cross country teams travel to Terre Haute for the 65th running of the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday, Sept. 19. The women's 5000m race starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men's 8K at 5:15 p.m.
The Hoosier men have dominated the Intercollegiates recently, winning the last two championships and six of the last nine events. The Hoosier women have also fared well and are looking to post their fourth straight top-three finish.
Familiar Territory: This marks the first time since 1999 and the third time in the last six years that Terre Haute and Indiana State have hosted the Intercollegiates. The Indiana men's and women's cross country teams are each quite familiar with the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
On Oct. 19, 2002, the Indiana women finished eighth out of 38 teams at the Pre-NCAA 6K. The Hoosiers finished ahead of five Top 30 programs - No. 15 Boston College, No. 18 Michigan, No. 24 William & Mary and No. 28 Washington and No. 30 Yale. For their efforts, IU moved into No. 18 in the national polls, which was its highest ranking since 1990.
On Nov. 25, 2002, five of the Hoosiers' top seven runners turned in personal bests as Indiana finished 14th at the national championships, its best finish since 1990.
The Indiana men have also enjoyed considerable success in Terre Haute. IU took second at the 2002 ISU Invitational, placing two runners (John and Sean Jefferson) among the top 10 in a field that featured three Top 13 programs (No. 6 Villanova, No. 12 Butler and No. 13 Colorado State).
The Hoosiers also finished fourth in a 35-team field at the Oct. 19 Pre-NCAA Meet in Terre Haute. John Jefferson finished 16th and Sean Jefferson took 18th for the Hoosiers.
IU At The Indiana Intercollegiates: Here is a look at how Indiana has fared at the Indiana Intercollegiates since 1998. (The 2001 Indiana Intercollegiates were cancelled due to the Sept. 11 national tragedies).
Indiana Intercollegiates Men's Results
Year IU Place Site Team Champion
1998 4th Purdue Indiana St.
1999 2nd Indiana St. Butler
2000 1st Indiana Indiana
2002 1st Indiana Indiana
ndiana Intercollegiates Women's Results
Year IU Place Site Team Champion
1998 6th Purdue Butler
1999 3rd Terre Haute Purdue
2000 3rd Indiana Ball St.
2002 2nd Indiana Purdue
Hoosiers On The Web: For the latest information on Indiana cross country, please refer to the official Indiana athletics' website, iuhoosiers.com.
National Polls: This The Indiana men's cross country team is ranked 17th in the NCAA men's cross country preseason poll. This marks the fourth straight year that Indiana is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation. Last year, the Hoosiers started the season 23rd and climbed as high as 15th (Oct. 8 and 15).
1 Stanford (15)
2 Wisconsin (1)
5 Northern Arizona
8 Central Michigan
9 Iona College
10-t Eastern Michigan
14 North Carolina State
15 William & Mary
18 Notre Dame
20 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
21 Weber State
23 Colorado State
25 Oklahoma State
28-t Michigan State
30 Montana State
This marks the first time in Indiana women's cross country history that it is ranked among the preseason top 30, and the No. 18 ranking is the Hoosiers' best since a No. 18 ranking in the Oct. 21, 2002 poll.
1. Brigham Young
3. Notre Dame
7. Wake Forest
10. Northern Arizona
11. North Carolina
13. Michigan State
14. North Carolina State
19. Arizona State
21. Penn State
22. Boston College
25. William & Mary
26. Colorado State
28. Texas A&M
29. Southwest Missouri State
30. West Virginia
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.
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.