September 20, 2002
Bloomington, IN - In their second full meet of the season, the Indiana women's cross country team finished second at the 64th annual Indiana Intercollegiates Friday afternoon at the IU Cross Country Course. Due to inclement weather, including tornadoes that touched down in nearby communities Ellettsville and Greenwood, not all of the teams were able to make the trip to Bloomington. However, IU head coach Judy Wilson was grateful not only that the participating teams traveled safely, but she also appreciated that the meet volunteers braved the weather to work at the meet.
"I was just amazed that we have people who support our programs so much that they will volunteer their time to endure such weather conditions," Wilson said. "As a staff, we really appreciate it."
Sophomore Mindy Peterson was the individual champion, turning in a time of 19:02 for 5K to finish first. What impressed Wilson about Peterson's performance was how she overcame a considerable deficit during the race.
"For Mindy to come back from where she was to win says a lot," Wilson said. "She really struggled getting focused for this meet, but this says a lot for her development."
Freshman Jessica Gall, the 2001 Indiana state high school champion, took third in the college state meet, turning in a time of 19:11. Classmate and roommate Lindsay Hattendorf was fourth (19:09), and junior Audrey Giesler overcame a wrong turn early in the race to finish 13th at 19:18.
"The unfortunate part for Audrey is that I have never seen her more focused for a race," Wilson said. "The point (on the course) at where she made the wrong turn is an easy one to make.
Wilson credits Giesler's leadership for helping the team maintain its perspective.
"I have a really humble team. They know what they need to do, and they aim to succeed."
Indiana returns to action Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational.