Women's Cross Country

    IU Defends Intercollegiates Title (9/17/04)

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Head Coach Judy Wilson's women's cross country team slipped by hosting Purdue to post back-to-back Indiana Intercollegiate titles for the initial time in the annals of Hoosier history. The Cream and Crimson claimed the Large School Division of the 5K event held at the Varsity Cross Country Course in West Lafayette by the slimmest of margins with a one-point triumph over the Lady Boilermakers after accumulating 45 points.

    "I thought it was a very productive meet for us," Wilson said. "Some people saw what shape they are in and that they are very fit right now. We had some individuals put up some really strong showings that will really help us a lot come the end of October."

    Overall, the Hoosier harriers placed three competitors in the top 10 as sophomore Jessica Gall out-ran Ball State's Jill Scully to the finish line with an eight-second victory to win in 17:40. Junior Kelly Siefker followed closely behind with a third-place 17:56, while sophomore Kristin Whitezell came in sixth place with an 18:25 time. Senior Mindy Peterson clocked an 18:39 for 11th place, while junior Allison Miller covered the course in 19:37 to take 24th place. Meanwhile, senior Julie Shields registered a 33rd-place 19:45, while freshman Nikki Peterson posted a 19:49 to finish in 35th. Freshmen Tina Barniak (20:03) and Maura Ratcliff rounded out the IU effort with 40th- and 45th-place performances, respectively.

    Next up, the Cream and Crimson travel to Cary, N.C., on Oct. 1 for the Great American Cross Country Festival at 4:45 p.m.

    Women's Results
    1. INDIANA, 45

    2. Purdue, 46
    3, Ball State, 59
    4. Indiana State, 113
    5. Valparaiso, 136
    6. IPFW, 139
    7. Evansville, 194
    8. IUPUI, 195

    IU Women's Individuals
    71 total runners

    1. Jessica Gall, 17:40
    3. Kelly Siefker, 17:56
    6. Kristin Whitezell, 18:25
    11. Mindy Peterson, 18:39
    24. Allison Miller, 19:37
    33. Julie Shields, 19:45
    35. Nikki Peterson, 19:49
    40. Tina Barniak, 20:03
    45. Maura Ratcliff, 20:26



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