Women's Cross Country

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    September 26, 2001

    Roy Griak (Minn.) and Indiana St. Invitationals
    Sat., Sept. 29 • Griak (M Gold 8K-11am, W Gold 6K-12pm) • ISU (M 8K-10:30am)

    Let the Games Begin...
    Although Indiana will have athletes competing in both Minneapolis, Minn. and Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Sept. 29, the 16th annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota sounds the gong for the Hoosiers.

    This weekend marks the first weekend in which teams can begin to position themselves for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. With an NCAA caliber field, which features 15 men's and 17 women's teams that battled at last year's national championship, converging on Les Bolstad Golf Course, there is no better meet for Indiana cross country to prove itself.

    It will be Indiana's second trip to the invitational. The Indiana men's cross country team, most recently (9/25) ranked 19th in the nation and third in the Great Lakes Region, finished 17th/31 teams last season at Griak. After losing only one 2000 NCAA competitor and this weekend marking their first competition as a team, the men are looking to shine even brighter in the 2001 Griak Gold 8K, which kicks off at 11:00a.m. They will also send three athletes (Sr. Doug Paley, Jr./So. Rob DeWitte, and So./Fr. Mike Skiles) to the Indiana State Invitational at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. to compete in the men's 8K, which begins at 10:30a.m.

    The women's team finished 13th/29 teams last season in the Griak. The Hoosiers miss the leadership of Jr. Allyson Hammond, who placed 48th at last year's national championship, as well as fellow Jr. Amanda Bell, a 1999 All-Big Ten athlete. Yet, both are returning to form after spring season setbacks and competed for the first time last weekend at the Illini Invitational. It has been Indiana's youth that has pushed the team this season with six of their top seven in Savoy last Saturday registering at sophomore class or below. Seven athletes finished within 39 seconds of one another and IU looks to bring a tight pack to place highly at the Griak. The Gold 6K begins at noon. The women will not compete in the Indiana State Invitational.

    Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Directions to the Les Bolstad golf course can be found at http://www.gophersports.com/maps/bolstad.asp

    Gopher Golf Course
    The University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course has hosted the Big Ten Championship nine times, most recently in the spring of 1999. The course was named on June 1, 1983 in honor of storied Minnesota golfer, Les Bolstad, a two-time All-Big Ten selection in the 1920s and was coach of the Golden Gophers from 1947-1976.

    Hear the Head Coaches

    Men's Head Coach Robert Chapman: "I think our strategy is pretty simple. I think we're a very deep team and five of the ten guys will have a great day. So, we'll get after it with everyone and see where that puts us. We won't be as conservative as last year."

    "The guys are ready to roll and they're starting to believe that they can be very good this season. This year, they've got the experience of running in the major meets and doing well, so they know what to do. This year they're professionals, whereas last year we were aspiring amateurs."

    Women's Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "Last season, we placed 13th at this meet. It was the first 6K the team had ever run. The key for us to be up there will all depend on how far up our 'pack' can be."

    "I think as a group the team comes around a little more each week. Our younger people haven't resigned themselves to sitting the bench and that can push everyone."

    Racing for Results
    For complete results, visit www.athletics.indiana.edu

    Phone: 812.855.9399 or Fax: 812.855.9401

    For questions or comments, please contact Brooke Nash at banash@indiana.edu or Gavin Lang at glang@indiana.edu

    2001 Mondo Men's National Poll 9/25
    1. Colorado

    2. Stanford

    3. Arkansas

    4. Notre Dame

    5. Providence

    6. Wisconsin

    7. Villanova

    8. N. Carolina State

    9. Northern Arizona

    10. Georgetown

    11. William and Mary

    12. Arizona

    13. Portland

    14. Michigan

    15. BYU

    16. Oregon

    17. Iona College

    18. Weber State
    19. Indiana
    20. Minnesota

    2001 Finish Lynx National Poll 9/24
    1. Colorado

    2. Stanford

    3. NC State

    4. BYU

    5. Wisconsin

    6. Yale

    7. N. Carolina

    8. Arizona

    9. Providence

    10. Georgetown

    11. Arizona State

    12. Boston College

    13. Arkansas

    14. Colorado State

    15. Missouri

    16. Marquette

    17. Washington

    18. Texas A&M

    19. Minnesota

    20. Villanova

    2001 Women's Great Lakes Region Poll 9/23
    1. Wisconsin

    2. Marquette

    3. Michigan State

    4. Toledo

    5. Notre Dame

    6. Butler

    7. Purdue

    8. Kent State

    9. Miami (Ohio)

    10. Ball State

    2001 USCCCA Men's Great Lakes Region Poll 9/25
    1. Notre Dame

    2. Wisconsin
    3. Indiana
    4. Eastern Michigan

    5. Michigan

    6. Michigan State

    7. Miami of Ohio

    8. Ohio State

    9. Purdue

    10. Marquette

    Roster for the Ride
    Travelling to Minnesota for the men this weekend will be Jr. Chad Andrews, Jr. Chris Powers, Jr./So. Bart Phariss, Jr./So. Jeff Zeha, Jr./So. Nathan Purcell, So./Fr. Kurtis George, So./Fr. Tom Burns, Sr. Josh Trisler, Jr./So. Nathan Gooden, and Jr./So. Matt Sweetman. Heading to Indiana State will be Sr. Doug Paley, So./Fr. Mike Skiles, and Jr./So. Rob DeWitte.

    Going to Griak for the women will be So. Becky Obrecht, Fr. Mindy Peterson, Sr. Erin Womble, Fr. Jaime Higginbotham, So. Audrey Giesler, Jr./So. Lauren Weddell, Fr. Laura Helhowski, Jr. Amanda Bell, Jr. Whitney Bevins, Jr. Allyson Hammond, Fr. Julie Shields, Fr. Amber Miller, So. Heidi Crowley, and Jr./So. Megan Glover.

    Rich in Returners
    Every Big Ten and regional scorer returns for the women's team in 2001 while for the men, all but one NCAA competitor returns for the fall season.

    Finish Flashback
    The men's top seven out of 252 athletes at the 2000 Griak 8K was as follows. Returners who will run this weekend are bolded:

    1. Aaron Gillen-14th-24:49
    2. Chris Powers-58th-25:22

    3. Bart Phariss-91st-25:39

    4. Jeff Zeha-100th-25:44
    5. Tom Brooks-117th-25:55

    6. Kevin Chandler-126th-26:01

    7. Chris Ekman-153rd-26:21

    The women's top seven out of 252 athletes at the 2000 Griak 6K was as follows:
    1. Amanda Bell-21st-21:46

    2. Allyson Hammond-28th-21:53
    3. Stephanie Magley-88th-22:41
    4. Erin Womble-91st-22:42
    5. Courtney Bell-116th-23:04
    6. Audrey Giesler-120th-23:09

    7. Lauren Weddell-134th-23:19

    Participants in the Polls
    The field at the Roy Griak Invitational will be highly charged this weekend with 21 schools in the men's race ranked nationally. Listed below are participating schools. In bold are those teams ranked in the most recent national poll followed by their ranking. The 2000 men's team champion Providence returns to defend their titles:

    Men's teams participating: Air Force (25), Arizona (12), Arizona State (22), Army, BYU (15), Cal-Poly SLO, Colorado State (votes), Columbia, Duke (votes), Georgetown (10), Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana (19), Iowa State, Iowa (votes), James Madison, Marquette, Michigan State (votes), Minnesota (20), UMKC, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon (16), Penn State (votes), Providence (5), Toledo, UCLA, Michigan (14), Portland (13), Virginia (votes), Wake Forest (23), Washington State (votes), Washington, William and Mary (11), Wisconsin (6), Youngstown State.

    Triple Threat
    Indiana's Chris Powers, Chad Andrews, and Bart Phariss own the top returning 8K times for the Hoosiers. Andrews and Powers also own the top returning 10K times. Andrews was the Hoosiers' No. 2 scorer from the Big Ten Championship to the NCAA Championship in 2000 and was third in the 10,000m at the 2001 Outdoor Big Ten Championship this spring, making him All Big Ten in both cross country and track, and looks for his success to carry over into the fall once again. Powers was second for Indiana in the first four scored meets of the 2000 season and was third for the Hoosiers from the Big Ten Championship to the NCAA Championship. Phariss was in the top five for IU at the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Great Lakes Regional and was third for Indiana in the first three scored meets of the season. The trio looks to return in strong form in 2001.

    Zeha Zips By
    Junior/sophomore Jeff Zeha owns the third best 10K time of returning Hoosiers and was in the top five at the 2000 NCAA Championship. He has multiple high level competitions under his belt including the 2000 NCAA Championship, the World Cross Country Trials, and the U.S. Track and Field Junior Nationals.

    Good 'n' Gettin' Better
    Junior/sophomore Nathan Gooden was sidelined after the Griak meet last season following a hamstring pull. He has logged the miles and looks to return strong and remain healthy in 2001.

    Burnin' Boundaries
    It is hard to tell how far So./Fr. Tom Burns can go this season. He took 3rd/34 athletes in the Indiana Open debut meet. Burns destroyed his previous 7K PR by 1:46 (2000-24:29.28/2001-22:43.10).

    Purcell has Potential
    Junior/sophomore Nathan Purcell came through during the 2000 season and finished fourth among Indiana runners at the NCAA Championship, despite being set back early in the season due to a nagging injury. He went on in the spring to qualify for the finals of the 1,500m at the 2001 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships. Purcell says he is excited to see what he can do this season as he remains healthy.

    Lone Senior
    Sr. Josh Trisler, a transfer who made his way to IU from DePauw and IUPUI, will be Indiana's lone senior at the Roy Griak meet. He finished 7th/75 as an unattached athlete in the 2000 Indiana Intercollegiates 8K Open with a time of 26:57.00. This year, Trisler hopes to be attached to the top pack.

    Sweetman a Surprise
    Junior/sophomore Matt Sweetman improved from the first scored meet of the season to the Notre Dame Invitational by 15 seconds and will look to make the top seven in 2001. Head coach Robert Chapman says of Sweetman, "Matt's performances so far may just be the biggest surprise on our team. It wouldn't surprise me to see Matt as a top 25 Big Ten threat as a sophomore competitor."

    It's In the Blood
    So./Fr. Kurtis George, cousin to Jr. Chad Andrews, will compete in his first Griak this weekend. Head coach Robert Chapman says of George, "Kurtis made some great progress in his redshirt year last year and I believe he will be a major factor for our team this fall."

    Participants in the Polls
    The women's field at the Roy Griak Invitational will be highly charged this weekend with 15 schools in the women's race ranked nationally. Listed below are participating schools. In bold are those teams ranked in the most recent national poll followed by their ranking. The 2000 women's team champion Minnesota returns to defend their titles:

    Women's teams participating: Arizona State (11), Providence, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Missouri (15), Michigan State (24), Youngstown State, Kent State, Virginia (votes), Indiana, James Madison, Weber State (21), Arizona (8), Penn State, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest (votes), Duke (22), Illinois, Columbia (25), Nebraska, Northwestern, Air Force, Army, Minnesota (19), Georgia Tech, Marquette (16), Washington (17), Oregon, Washington State, Colorado State, Iowa, Michigan (votes), Toledo (votes), UCLA (votes), UMKC.

    Look Out for Obrecht
    Watch for increased consistency from sophomore Becky Obrecht. She came into the 2000 NCAA Great Lakes Regional having last competed at the Notre Dame Invitational. In her first 6K of the season, Obrecht finished fifth on the team and scored. At the Indiana Open on August 31, Obrecht was fifth for the Hoosiers. Her 5K time of 19:45.70 was nearly a one minute improvement compared to her previous 5K best on Indiana's course run at last season's Indiana Intercollegiates (20:41.50). At the Illini Invitational, Obrecht decided to be inconsistent, placing first for the Hoosiers for the first time. She took ninth/145 athletes with a 5K PR by 1:27 (17:54/previous 19:21).

    Peterson a Top Prep
    Freshman Mindy Peterson was not content in letting her prep career speak for her. Peterson, a two-time state cross country champion and three-time track state champion from Milan, Illinois, has been the second Hoosier to cross the line for Indiana in the first two meets of the season. She was second for IU at the Indiana Open and the second man at the Illini Invitational last weekend, taking 17th/145 athletes with a 5K time of 18:13.

    Bringin' Back the All-Big Ten Athletes
    Juniors Allyson Hammond and Amanda Bell have become Indiana's first All-Big Ten athletes since 1993. From 1999 into the 2000 Pre-NCAA meet, Bell was Indiana's leader while Hammond was consistently in the top two following the 1999 NCAA Regionals. Hammond was IU's No.1 runner during the latter portion of 2000 and finished in the top five at both the Big Ten Championship and Great Lakes Regional, and took 48th at the NCAA Championship. Both sat out large portions of the track season, Hammond the entire season, due to injuries sustained in cross country, but are building back to the top in 2001. The two ran for the first time this season at last weekend's Illini Invitational. Bell placed 42nd/145 with a 5K time of 18:34. Hammond crossed just 10 seconds later taking 49th/145 with a time of 18:44.

    Young Blood
    Of Indiana's top seven athletes that competed at the recent Illini Invitational, three were freshman and three were sophomores.

    Double W's
    Senior Erin Womble and Junior/sophomore Lauren Weddell look to have their names close together on the results list in 2001 as well. Womble came through in the NCAA Great Lake Regional as Indiana's second athlete to score. Weddell finished in the top four from the Notre Dame Invite on last season, including her third place finish for the team at the Big Ten Championship. Weddell also scored for the Hoosiers in the conference in both indoor and outdoor track and looks for her spring success to move into the cross country season. At the recent Illini Invitational, Womble was third for IU and Weddell sixth. Womble placed 28th/145 in 18:21 and Weddell 37th/145 in 18:31.

    Lead Goose
    Sophomore Audrey Giesler led the flock of Hoosiers heading into the finish line at the Indiana Open, IU's annual debut meet. The women claimed the top 13 of 14 places at the meet with Giesler winning with a 5K time of 19:16.70. She was the fifth man for the Hoosiers at the Illini Invitational, placing ninth/145 athletes with a 5K best of 17:54 (previous 1:27).

    Crowley No Crawler
    Sophomore Heidi Crowley is no crawler on the course for the Hoosiers. She came through in the big meets for IU last season, posting season best 5K and 6K times at the Big Ten Championship and the Great Lakes Regional.

    Move Over for Glover
    Last season, junior/sophomore Megan Glover improved from running a 20:10.50 5K at the Indiana Intercollegiates to posting a 19:48 5K at the Notre Dame Invite. In track, she went from running a 5:34 indoor track mile as a redshirt to a 4:48.22 1,500m in the 2001 outdoor season and looks to bring her added strength to the 2001 cross country course.



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    Roy Griak (Minn.) and Indiana St. Invitationals
    Sat., Sept. 29 • Griak (M Gold 8K-11am, W Gold 6K-12pm) • ISU (M 8K-10:30am)

    Let the Games Begin...
    Although Indiana will have athletes competing in both Minneapolis, Minn. and Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Sept. 29, the 16th annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota sounds the gong for the Hoosiers.

    This weekend marks the first weekend in which teams can begin to position themselves for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. With an NCAA caliber field, which features 15 men's and 17 women's teams that battled at last year's national championship, converging on Les Bolstad Golf Course, there is no better meet for Indiana cross country to prove itself.

    It will be Indiana's second trip to the invitational. The Indiana men's cross country team, most recently (9/25) ranked 19th in the nation and third in the Great Lakes Region, finished 17th/31 teams last season at Griak. After losing only one 2001 NCAA competitor and this weekend marking their first competition as a team, the men are looking to shine even brighter in the 2002 Griak Gold 8K, which kicks off at 11:00a.m. They will also send three athletes (Sr. Doug Paley, Jr./So. Rob DeWitte, and So./Fr. Mike Skiles) to the Indiana State Invitational at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. to compete in the men's 8K, which begins at 10:30a.m.

    The women's team finished 13th/29 teams last season in the Griak. The Hoosiers miss the leadership of Jr. Allyson Hammond, who placed 48th at last year's national championship, as well as fellow Jr. Amanda Bell, a 1999 All-Big Ten athlete. Yet, both are returning to form after spring season setbacks and competed for the first time last weekend at the Illini Invitational. It has been Indiana's youth that has pushed the team this season with six of their top seven in Savoy last Saturday registering at sophomore class or below. Seven athletes finished within 39 seconds of one another and IU looks to bring a tight pack to place highly at the Griak. The Gold 6K begins at noon. The women will not compete in the Indiana State Invitational.

    Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Directions to the Les Bolstad golf course can be found at http://www.gophersports.com/maps/bolstad.asp

    Gopher Golf Course
    The University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course has hosted the Big Ten Championship nine times, most recently in the spring of 1999. The course was named on June 1, 1983 in honor of storied Minnesota golfer, Les Bolstad, a two-time All-Big Ten selection in the 1920s and was coach of the Golden Gophers from 1947-1976.

    Hear the Head Coaches

    Men's Head Coach Robert Chapman: "I think our strategy is pretty simple. I think we're a very deep team and five of the ten guys will have a great day. So, we'll get after it with everyone and see where that puts us. We won't be as conservative as last year."

    "The guys are ready to roll and they're starting to believe that they can be very good this season. This year, they've got the experience of running in the major meets and doing well, so they know what to do. This year they're professionals, whereas last year we were aspiring amateurs."

    Women's Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "Last season, we placed 13th at this meet. It was the first 6K the team had ever run. The key for us to be up there will all depend on how far up our 'pack' can be."

    "I think as a group the team comes around a little more each week. Our younger people haven't resigned themselves to sitting the bench and that can push everyone."

    Racing for Results
    For complete results, visit www.athletics.indiana.edu

    Phone: 812.855.9399 or Fax: 812.855.9401

    For questions or comments, please contact Brooke Nash at banash@indiana.edu or Gavin Lang at glang@indiana.edu

    2001 Mondo Men's National Poll 9/25
    1. Colorado

    2. Stanford

    3. Arkansas

    4. Notre Dame

    5. Providence

    6. Wisconsin

    7. Villanova

    8. N. Carolina State

    9. Northern Arizona

    10. Georgetown

    11. William and Mary

    12. Arizona

    13. Portland

    14. Michigan

    15. BYU

    16. Oregon

    17. Iona College

    18. Weber State
    19. Indiana
    20. Minnesota

    2001 Finish Lynx National Poll 9/24
    1. Colorado

    2. Stanford

    3. NC State

    4. BYU

    5. Wisconsin

    6. Yale

    7. N. Carolina

    8. Arizona

    9. Providence

    10. Georgetown

    11. Arizona State

    12. Boston College

    13. Arkansas

    14. Colorado State

    15. Missouri

    16. Marquette

    17. Washington

    18. Texas A&M

    19. Minnesota

    20. Villanova

    2001 Women's Great Lakes Region Poll 9/23
    1. Wisconsin

    2. Marquette

    3. Michigan State

    4. Toledo

    5. Notre Dame

    6. Butler

    7. Purdue

    8. Kent State

    9. Miami (Ohio)

    10. Ball State

    2001 USCCCA Men's Great Lakes Region Poll 9/25
    1. Notre Dame

    2. Wisconsin
    3. Indiana
    4. Eastern Michigan

    5. Michigan

    6. Michigan State

    7. Miami of Ohio

    8. Ohio State

    9. Purdue

    10. Marquette

    Roster for the Ride
    Travelling to Minnesota for the men this weekend will be Jr. Chad Andrews, Jr. Chris Powers, Jr./So. Bart Phariss, Jr./So. Jeff Zeha, Jr./So. Nathan Purcell, So./Fr. Kurtis George, So./Fr. Tom Burns, Sr. Josh Trisler, Jr./So. Nathan Gooden, and Jr./So. Matt Sweetman. Heading to Indiana State will be Sr. Doug Paley, So./Fr. Mike Skiles, and Jr./So. Rob DeWitte.

    Going to Griak for the women will be So. Becky Obrecht, Fr. Mindy Peterson, Sr. Erin Womble, Fr. Jaime Higginbotham, So. Audrey Giesler, Jr./So. Lauren Weddell, Fr. Laura Helhowski, Jr. Amanda Bell, Jr. Whitney Bevins, Jr. Allyson Hammond, Fr. Julie Shields, Fr. Amber Miller, So. Heidi Crowley, and Jr./So. Megan Glover.

    Rich in Returners
    Every Big Ten and regional scorer returns for the women's team in 2001 while for the men, all but one NCAA competitor returns for the fall season.

    Finish Flashback
    The men's top seven out of 252 athletes at the 2000 Griak 8K was as follows. Returners who will run this weekend are bolded:

    1. Aaron Gillen-14th-24:49
    2. Chris Powers-58th-25:22

    3. Bart Phariss-91st-25:39

    4. Jeff Zeha-100th-25:44
    5. Tom Brooks-117th-25:55

    6. Kevin Chandler-126th-26:01

    7. Chris Ekman-153rd-26:21

    The women's top seven out of 252 athletes at the 2000 Griak 6K was as follows:
    1. Amanda Bell-21st-21:46

    2. Allyson Hammond-28th-21:53
    3. Stephanie Magley-88th-22:41
    4. Erin Womble-91st-22:42
    5. Courtney Bell-116th-23:04
    6. Audrey Giesler-120th-23:09

    7. Lauren Weddell-134th-23:19

    Participants in the Polls
    The field at the Roy Griak Invitational will be highly charged this weekend with 21 schools in the men's race ranked nationally. Listed below are participating schools. In bold are those teams ranked in the most recent national poll followed by their ranking. The 2000 men's team champion Providence returns to defend their titles:

    Men's teams participating: Air Force (25), Arizona (12), Arizona State (22), Army, BYU (15), Cal-Poly SLO, Colorado State (votes), Columbia, Duke (votes), Georgetown (10), Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana (19), Iowa State, Iowa (votes), James Madison, Marquette, Michigan State (votes), Minnesota (20), UMKC, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon (16), Penn State (votes), Providence (5), Toledo, UCLA, Michigan (14), Portland (13), Virginia (votes), Wake Forest (23), Washington State (votes), Washington, William and Mary (11), Wisconsin (6), Youngstown State.

    Triple Threat
    Indiana's Chris Powers, Chad Andrews, and Bart Phariss own the top returning 8K times for the Hoosiers. Andrews and Powers also own the top returning 10K times. Andrews was the Hoosiers' No. 2 scorer from the Big Ten Championship to the NCAA Championship in 2000 and was third in the 10,000m at the 2001 Outdoor Big Ten Championship this spring, making him All Big Ten in both cross country and track, and looks for his success to carry over into the fall once again. Powers was second for Indiana in the first four scored meets of the 2000 season and was third for the Hoosiers from the Big Ten Championship to the NCAA Championship. Phariss was in the top five for IU at the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Great Lakes Regional and was third for Indiana in the first three scored meets of the season. The trio looks to return in strong form in 2001.

    Zeha Zips By
    Junior/sophomore Jeff Zeha owns the third best 10K time of returning Hoosiers and was in the top five at the 2000 NCAA Championship. He has multiple high level competitions under his belt including the 2000 NCAA Championship, the World Cross Country Trials, and the U.S. Track and Field Junior Nationals.

    Good 'n' Gettin' Better
    Junior/sophomore Nathan Gooden was sidelined after the Griak meet last season following a hamstring pull. He has logged the miles and looks to return strong and remain healthy in 2001.

    Burnin' Boundaries
    It is hard to tell how far So./Fr. Tom Burns can go this season. He took 3rd/34 athletes in the Indiana Open debut meet. Burns destroyed his previous 7K PR by 1:46 (2000-24:29.28/2001-22:43.10).

    Purcell has Potential
    Junior/sophomore Nathan Purcell came through during the 2000 season and finished fourth among Indiana runners at the NCAA Championship, despite being set back early in the season due to a nagging injury. He went on in the spring to qualify for the finals of the 1,500m at the 2001 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships. Purcell says he is excited to see what he can do this season as he remains healthy.

    Lone Senior
    Sr. Josh Trisler, a transfer who made his way to IU from DePauw and IUPUI, will be Indiana's lone senior at the Roy Griak meet. He finished 7th/75 as an unattached athlete in the 2000 Indiana Intercollegiates 8K Open with a time of 26:57.00. This year, Trisler hopes to be attached to the top pack.

    Sweetman a Surprise
    Junior/sophomore Matt Sweetman improved from the first scored meet of the season to the Notre Dame Invitational by 15 seconds and will look to make the top seven in 2001. Head coach Robert Chapman says of Sweetman, "Matt's performances so far may just be the biggest surprise on our team. It wouldn't surprise me to see Matt as a top 25 Big Ten threat as a sophomore competitor."

    It's In the Blood
    So./Fr. Kurtis George, cousin to Jr. Chad Andrews, will compete in his first Griak this weekend. Head coach Robert Chapman says of George, "Kurtis made some great progress in his redshirt year last year and I believe he will be a major factor for our team this fall."

    Participants in the Polls
    The women's field at the Roy Griak Invitational will be highly charged this weekend with 15 schools in the women's race ranked nationally. Listed below are participating schools. In bold are those teams ranked in the most recent national poll followed by their ranking. The 2000 women's team champion Minnesota returns to defend their titles:

    Women's teams participating: Arizona State (11), Providence, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Missouri (15), Michigan State (24), Youngstown State, Kent State, Virginia (votes), Indiana, James Madison, Weber State (21), Arizona (8), Penn State, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest (votes), Duke (22), Illinois, Columbia (25), Nebraska, Northwestern, Air Force, Army, Minnesota (19), Georgia Tech, Marquette (16), Washington (17), Oregon, Washington State, Colorado State, Iowa, Michigan (votes), Toledo (votes), UCLA (votes), UMKC.

    Look Out for Obrecht
    Watch for increased consistency from sophomore Becky Obrecht. She came into the 2000 NCAA Great Lakes Regional having last competed at the Notre Dame Invitational. In her first 6K of the season, Obrecht finished fifth on the team and scored. At the Indiana Open on August 31, Obrecht was fifth for the Hoosiers. Her 5K time of 19:45.70 was nearly a one minute improvement compared to her previous 5K best on Indiana's course run at last season's Indiana Intercollegiates (20:41.50). At the Illini Invitational, Obrecht decided to be inconsistent, placing first for the Hoosiers for the first time. She took ninth/145 athletes with a 5K PR by 1:27 (17:54/previous 19:21).

    Peterson a Top Prep
    Freshman Mindy Peterson was not content in letting her prep career speak for her. Peterson, a two-time state cross country champion and three-time track state champion from Milan, Illinois, has been the second Hoosier to cross the line for Indiana in the first two meets of the season. She was second for IU at the Indiana Open and the second man at the Illini Invitational last weekend, taking 17th/145 athletes with a 5K time of 18:13.

    Bringin' Back the All-Big Ten Athletes
    Juniors Allyson Hammond and Amanda Bell have become Indiana's first All-Big Ten athletes since 1993. From 1999 into the 2000 Pre-NCAA meet, Bell was Indiana's leader while Hammond was consistently in the top two following the 1999 NCAA Regionals. Hammond was IU's No.1 runner during the latter portion of 2000 and finished in the top five at both the Big Ten Championship and Great Lakes Regional, and took 48th at the NCAA Championship. Both sat out large portions of the track season, Hammond the entire season, due to injuries sustained in cross country, but are building back to the top in 2001. The two ran for the first time this season at last weekend's Illini Invitational. Bell placed 42nd/145 with a 5K time of 18:34. Hammond crossed just 10 seconds later taking 49th/145 with a time of 18:44.

    Young Blood
    Of Indiana's top seven athletes that competed at the recent Illini Invitational, three were freshman and three were sophomores.

    Double W's
    Senior Erin Womble and Junior/sophomore Lauren Weddell look to have their names close together on the results list in 2001 as well. Womble came through in the NCAA Great Lake Regional as Indiana's second athlete to score. Weddell finished in the top four from the Notre Dame Invite on last season, including her third place finish for the team at the Big Ten Championship. Weddell also scored for the Hoosiers in the conference in both indoor and outdoor track and looks for her spring success to move into the cross country season. At the recent Illini Invitational, Womble was third for IU and Weddell sixth. Womble placed 28th/145 in 18:21 and Weddell 37th/145 in 18:31.

    Lead Goose
    Sophomore Audrey Giesler led the flock of Hoosiers heading into the finish line at the Indiana Open, IU's annual debut meet. The women claimed the top 13 of 14 places at the meet with Giesler winning with a 5K time of 19:16.70. She was the fifth man for the Hoosiers at the Illini Invitational, placing ninth/145 athletes with a 5K best of 17:54 (previous 1:27).

    Crowley No Crawler
    Sophomore Heidi Crowley is no crawler on the course for the Hoosiers. She came through in the big meets for IU last season, posting season best 5K and 6K times at the Big Ten Championship and the Great Lakes Regional.

    Move Over for Glover
    Last season, junior/sophomore Megan Glover improved from running a 20:10.50 5K at the Indiana Intercollegiates to posting a 19:48 5K at the Notre Dame Invite. In track, she went from running a 5:34 indoor track mile as a redshirt to a 4:48.22 1,500m in the 2001 outdoor season and looks to bring her added strength to the 2001 cross country course.

     

     

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