Hoosiers Travel to Roy Griak Invite in Minnesota
September 19, 2000
Roy Griak Invitational Preview
What 'The Roy' Represents
The Roy Griak Invitational has transitioned in name throughout its history and was originally a women's event only. It was officially named the Roy Griak Invitational in honor of legendary Minnesota Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field coach Roy Griak in 1996 when it developed into a joint men's and women's event.
Today, the 16th Annual Roy Griak Invitational registers as the third largest meet in the country, falling just behind the NCAA Championship and the Pre-NCAA meet. Teams Indiana will face in the 'Bolstad Golf Course battle' include Arizona, Arizona State, Army, Auburn, Brigham Young, Butler, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Delaware, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Loyola-Chicago, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Providence, Purdue, Utah, Weber State, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin.
For both IU Cross Country squads, performance at the Roy Griak Invitational is crucial as this weekend marks the first weekend in which teams can begin to position themselves for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.
The year 2000 represents the first season in which the 1999 decision to move the NCAA Women's Division I Championship distance from 5K (3.1 miles) to 6K (3.7 miles) will be implemented. The change not only affects the Championship, the Pre-NCAA meet, and the Regional competitions, but also changes the distance for multiple meets throughout the season, including the Roy Griak. Thus, the IU women's squad will be dually tested against both national caliber teams and themselves as they concentrate for an extra 1000 meters of the race for the first time this season.
Racing for Results
Complete race results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu and www.raceberryjam.com following the event. In viewing the Indiana Athletics site, results can be printed out by choosing the Men's and/or Women's Cross Country link(s) from the main menu. For more information contact Brooke Nash at (812) 855-9399 or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of the Hoosiers
Dr. Robert Chapman begins his third season as Head Men's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. Last season, under Chapman's guidance, the Hoosiers jumped five spots in the Big Ten standings. One has to go back to 1993 to see the last time a team made such an improvement from one season to the next at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship. With his first recruiting class being one of the nation's best and the most recent containing the same grade of talent, Chapman is looking towards even greater success in 2000.
Judy Bogenschutz also begins her third season as Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. In the fall of 1999, Bogenschutz led the squad to it's making the largest single improvement by any team at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship since 1994. A handful of her distance runners were factors in the Indiana Women's Track and Field team's undefeated 2000 seasons and Indoor and Outdoor Big Ten Championship team titles. Bogenschutz looks for that success to carry over into the fall.
Men's Coach Dr. Robert Chapman: "This has really turned into a national class meet, and we enter ready to roll. From a national perspective, no one will expect a threat from Indiana, but by the way our guys are running, we know better. If our guys just do what they are capable of, we should come out with a very high placing and a big leg up on at-large ranking points for NCAA's."
Women's Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "The Roy Griak Invitational will host approximately ten teams that are nationally ranked, which is obviously the reason that we are competing: to face and defeat as many of those teams as possible. Opportunity for racing the 6K distance prior to the Pre-NCAA meet also presents itself to our team for the first time this season.
I'm excited because we are at a point in our training in which every runner is healthy and I can tell that we are only going to get better as the season progresses. In terms of Amanda Bell, she needs to enter this race knowing that she is amongst the elite, that she can compete with and beat these national caliber runners. Hopefully, that attitude will extend into our team and she will emerge with a scorecard which is marked with the number one and we will place highly as a team."
Ten Licks and Two to Grow On...
1999 Individual Gold Champion:
1999 Team Gold Champion:
o Wisconsin has won the Men's Gold Race more times than any other team, with five wins in the last six years.
o Iowa State has had the most individual winners in the Men's Gold Race, with five.
o Ben Noad of Providence is the only athlete to win the Men's Gold Race for two consecutive years (1997 and 1998).
o Providence has won the most Women's Gold Races, winning three times in the last five years. Wisconsin and Oregon are close behind, with two.
o Nebraska has the most individual winners in the Women's Gold Race, with four.
o Minnesota won the Women's Gold Race in 1988.
o Minnesota's first individual winner was Rasa Michniovaite. She won the 1998 Women's Gold Race with a time of 17:08 on the 5K course.
o The Indiana Men's squad arrives in 2000 coming off a team win in the Indiana Intercollegiates where they faced and defeated both Purdue and runners from Butler.
o The Indiana Women look to continue their improvement as they come off a third place finish behind second place finishers Purdue in the Indiana Intercollegiates. Sophomore Amanda Bell defended her individual title with a 5K time of 17:45.71 (5:43 per mile), earning Big Ten Athlete-of-the Week honors (9/19).
FinishLynx Division I Women's Cross Country Poll:
(Other Teams Receiving Votes: N. Carolina 32, N. Arizona 20, S. Florida 18, Nebraska 18, Ball State 5, Texas Christian 4, Arizona 4, Weber State 2, Yale 2, Purdue 1)
MONDO Men's Cross Country Rankings:
(Also Receiving Votes: Princeton 43, Dartmouth 28, Wake Forest 18, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 16, James Madison 16, Butler 14, Portland 14, BYU 12, Duke 9)
And Now, Your Indiana Hoosiers
The top finishers of the Indiana Intercollegiates race will travel to Minnesota to represent Indiana in the Roy Griak Invitational. Athletes looking to post top performances include Big Ten Athlete of the Week Amanda Bell, Allyson Hammond, Stephanie Magley, Erin Womble, Audrey Giesler, Whitney Bevins, Lauren Weddell, Courtney Bell, and Heidi Crowley.
Big Ten Athlete of the Week Bell
Sophomore Amanda Bell's recent performance in the Indiana Intercollegiates earned her Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors. Her time of 17:45.71 left the nearest competitor 22 seconds behind her. Bell will enter the Roy Griak meet with that confidence and is hoping to place highly amidst nationally ranked athletes.
Hammond Heats Up
Sophomore Allyson Hammond hasn't cooled off after qualifying for Junior Nationals in the summer of 2000 and competing in the 1500m against national caliber runners. She posted a fifth place time of 4:39. Bogenschutz is looking for Hammond to repeat her 1999 pattern of consistent improvement every meet. Hammond finished second for her team at the Indiana Intercollegiates with a 5K time of 18:21.46.
Junior Erin Womble was one of the Hoosiers' top five runners five times last season as well as being an All-Big Ten candidate. Womble exhibited her endurance capabilities as she ran the mile, the 3K, and the 5K during the 2000 track season. She once again has broken back into the top five for the Hoosiers with her fourth-for-the-team finish in the Indiana Intercollegiates (5K time-19:12.50).
Moving Up Magley
The 1999 cross country season saw junior Stephanie Magley post her top two collegiate career times. She is one of the most experienced Hoosiers and her transition from a runner to a racer has already begun to shine this season. In both the 2000 Sam Bell Invitational and the Indiana Intercollegiates, Magley finished third for the team with impressive times of 15:31.77 for 4K and 18:56.12 for 5K.
Senior Courtney Bell, a transfer from Missouri, has plans to make the most of her final cross country season. So far, she is doing just that. In the two early meets of the season, Bell has posted personal improvements (Sam Bell 4K-15:32.95/Indiana Intercollegiates 5K-19:26.32).
Breaking Through Bevins
Sophomore Whitney Bevins competed in four meets for the Hoosiers last season and has since exhibited marked improvement. This year, her hopes to crack Indiana's top five and score for the Hoosiers are within reach as she improved on her 4K time (1999 Indiana Open-16:46.4/2000 Sam Bell Invitational-16:10.47) and recently ran a 5K time of 19:20.90 in Intercollegiates.
'Going for it' Giesler
Freshman Audrey Giesler entered Indiana with a reputation as a middle-distance runner. This Downers Grove prospect was the Illinois Indoor 800m State Champion yet has quickly proven that she is ready to race, no matter the distance. Giesler finished 5th for the team at the Sam Bell Invitational in 15:42.32. In the Indiana Intercollegiates, she ran fifth for the team in 19:14.12.
Weddell has something-You can tell
Sophomore Lauren Weddell began training with the Indiana distance squad in 1999 as a redshirt and has surprised the competition with her abilities. Weddell finished just one second behind 5th runner Audrey Giesler in the Sam Bell Invitational recently with a time of 15:43.27. Weddell completed the Intercollegiates 5K in 19:18.54.
My, My Heidi
This is what head coach Judy Bogenschutz was thinking when freshman Heidi Crowley finished so well in the Sam Bell opener. Crowley finished seventh for the team in 15:51.20 and posted a 5K time of 19:26.78 in the Intercollegiates, right behind senior Courtney Bell.
The Men: The Whole Nine Yards
Coach Chapman will travel nine of his top runners. Doubling up in number will be three seniors (Chris Ekman, Aaron Gillen, and Tom Brooks) and three redshirt freshmen (Bart Phariss, Nathan Gooden, and Jeff Zeha). Junior Kevin Chandler and sophomores Chad Andrews and Chris Powers will round out the scoring for Indiana.
Senior Aaron Gillen has been a mainstay for the Hoosiers. He has been one of the Hoosiers' top two runners for much of the last two seasons. The leadership he exhibits and his ability to handle pressure situations makes him Indiana's 'go-to-guy.' Gillen was the top finisher for the Hoosiers in the Intercollegiates 8K with a fourth place finish and a time of 25:30.17.
Senior Tom Brooks has evolved into one of Indiana's top runners. He has improved his beginning cross country times by over one minute and, during the 2000 track season, proved himself to be one of the top 3000m steeplechase runners in the Big Ten. His rise in performance will provide consistency for the Hoosiers this year. He recently posted an 8K time of 26:18.67 at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
Eek! It's Ekman
Senior Chris Ekman will come into the Roy Griak Invitational fully rested and ready to run. His competition should, too, with his top times including his 8K time of 25:27.21 and his track records ranging from 1:51.04 in the 800m, 3:50.71 in the 1500m, and 4:12.38 in the mile.
Sophomore Chad Andrews played a key role for the Hoosiers as a freshman. In the last four meets of 1999 (Loyola Invite, Pre-NCAA, Big Ten Championship, and NCAA Great Lakes Regional), Andrews was ranked in the top five for the Hoosiers. This season, he may rank in the top three with his recent fifth place finish (second for team) at the Indiana Intercollegiates. He paced with Aaron Gillen to help lead his team to win the meet and finished with a time of 25:30.48.
Power Inside Powers
Powerful performance is the only description for sophomore Chris Powers' 1999 cross country season. After ranking as one of Indiana's top five runners in three of the most important meets of the year (Pre-NCAA, Big Ten Championship, and NCAA Regionals) as a freshman, potential waits to be fulfilled in 2000. At the Sam Bell 7K, Powers ran a 22:45.83.
Bart On the Charts
As a prep, Bart Phariss entered Indiana as a cross country state champ (junior year) and state record holder in the 3,200 m (9:28). He placed 17th at the World Cross Country Junior team trials and was redshirted as a freshman. Now a sophomore, Phariss has broken into the competitive collegiate field and posted impressive performances. Phariss recently finished third for his team in the Intercollegiates 8K with a time of 25:41.54.
New Guy Gooden
Nathan Gooden has proven after a redshirt season that he is no fluke. Gooden finished third among those competing in the Sam Bell Invitational and recently posted an 8K time of 26:12.41 at the Indiana Intercollegiates.
Sophomore Jeff Zeha is ready to ride after his freshman redshirt season. Zeha placed 34th at the World Cross Country Junior team trials in 1999. In 2000, Zeha won the 3000m steeplechase at Junior Nationals and competed in the USA vs. Canada Dual Meet in the same event. After time off, Zeha has entered the cross country season with abandon and is looking to continue to move up. He recently finished fourth for the team at the Indiana Intercollegiates with a time of 25:59.74.
Kevin with the Kick
Junior Kevin Chandler has worked hard for his amazing improvement over the years. In 1999, before being sidelined with a season-ending injury, Chandler was one of Indiana's top five runners in the first two meets. This season, he seems to be making up for it as he recently finished fifth for his team at the Indiana Intercollegiates with a time of 26:06.60.
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