Women's Cross Country

    Weekly Release - Sept. 24

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    September 24, 2003

    Bloomington, IN - The No. 21 Indiana women's cross country team heads to Minneapolis, Minn., this weekend for the Roy Griak Invitational. The 6,000m race gets underway at 1 p.m. EST at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

    The No. 16 IU men's cross country team is idle this week and returns to action with two meets Oct. 4-5. Some of the Hoosiers will travel to Bangor, Maine for the Murray Keating Invitational (Oct. 4) and some head to Terre Haute on Oct. 5 for the ISU Invitational.

    Hoosiers Sweep Intercollegiates: When the Indiana men's and women's cross country programs swept the team titles at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 19, it marked the first time since 1988 that both Hoosier squads won the championship in the same season. The IU men took the top five places and seven of the top 10 to finish with a perfect 15 points en route to a third straight Indiana Intercollegiates championship, while the women captured their first intercollegiates team title since 1988.

    Career Bests: When Audrey Giesler won the 2003 Indiana Intercollegiates individual championship, it was a career-best 5K performance (17:47) and also marked the first individual title of her college career. Sophomores Lindsay Hattendorf (18:21) and Larra Overton (18:44) and junior Julie Shields (18:38) also turned in the best 5K efforts of their career.

    For the men, Eric Redman had his best 8K effort (24:58.5).

    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 marks the second -straight week that both Indiana cross country programs are nationally-ranked. The men are ranked 16th in this week's poll, and the women are 21st. Last week, the men were 17th and the women were 18th.

    Sept. 22 Apple Raceberry Jam Men's National Poll
    1 Stanford (15)
    2 Wisconsin (1)
    3 Northern Arizona
    4 Arkansas
    5 Oregon
    6 Michigan
    7 Colorado
    8 Iona College
    9 Central Michigan
    10-tie Eastern Michigan
    10-tie Villanova
    12 BYU
    13 Georgetown
    14 North Carolina State
    15 Providence
    16 Indiana
    17 Notre Dame
    18 William & Mary
    19 Portland
    20-tie Ohio State
    20-tie Oklahoma State
    22 Butler
    23 Colorado State
    24 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    25 Minnesota
    26 Iowa
    27 Duke
    28 Texas
    29 Air Force
    30 Texas A&M

    Sept. 22 Apple Raceberry Jam

    Women's National Poll
    1 Brigham Young (13)
    2 Stanford
    3 Notre Dame
    4 Colorado
    5 Providence
    6 Wake Forest
    7 Georgetown
    8 Villanova
    9 North Carolina
    10 Northern Arizona
    11 Arkansas
    12 Columbia
    13 Michigan
    14 North Carolina State
    15 Michigan State
    16 Duke
    17 Missouri
    18 UCLA
    19 Wisconsin
    20 Arizona State
    21 Indiana
    22 Penn State
    23 Boston College
    24 William & Mary
    25 Colorado State
    26 Marquette
    27 Baylor
    28 Virginia
    29 Southwest Missouri State
    30 Washington
    -- Texas A&M
    West Virginia

    Sept. 22 NCAA Great Lakes
    Men's Regional Poll

    1. Wisconsin
    2. Michigan
    3. Eastern Michigan
    4. Central Michigan
    5. Indiana
    6. Notre Dame
    7. Butler
    8. Ohio State
    9. Miami (Ohio)
    10. Michigan State

    Sept. 22 NCAA Great Lakes
    Women's Regional Poll
    1. Notre Dame
    2. Michigan
    3. Michigan State
    4. Wisconsin
    5. Indiana
    6. Marquette
    7. Toledo
    8. Central Michigan
    9. Purdue
    10. Miami (Ohio)

    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 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.

    2003 Women's Scoring
    Aug. 29 IU Open
    2. Audrey Giesler, 18:13.67
    3. Lindsay Hattendorf, 18:42.66
    4. Mindy Peterson, 18:45.19
    5. Kristen Whitezell, 19:00.61
    8. Julie Shields, 19:24.40

    Sept. 19 Indiana Intercollegiates
    1. Audrey Giesler, 17:47
    5. Lindsay Hattendorf, 18:21
    6. Mindy Peterson, 18:22
    10. Kristin Whitezell, 18:33
    14. Julie Shields, 18:38

    2003 Men's Scoring
    Aug. 29 IU Open
    3. Marcus Aguilar, 23:19.84
    9. Matt Sweetman, 23:48.97
    10. Nick Kruse, 23:49.97
    16. Kurtis George, 24:13.87
    30. Jeff Zeha, 25:15.67

    Sept. 19 Indiana Intercollegiates
    1. Chad Andrews, 24:52.2
    1. Chris Powers, 24:52.3
    1. Sean Jefferson, 24:52.4
    4. Eric Redman, 24:58.5
    5. Stephen Haas, 25:00.7



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