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Sept. 28, 2006
INDIANA TO COMPETE IN INAUGURAL BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
After a week off, the Hoosiers are back in action when they compete in the inaugural Bill Dellinger Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon. The 6K race is slated for Friday, Sept. 29, on Pre's Trail at Alton Baker Park in Eugene and is set to begin at 8:20 p.m. Eastern. The meet will host some of the top teams in the nation including United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association-ranked Arkansas (No. 8), Brigham Young (No. 6), Duke (No. 5), Oregon (No. 28), and Washington (No. 10).
IU WINS INTERCOLLEGIATES; GALL CLAIMS MEET TITLE
Senior All-American Jessica Gall helped lead the Indiana women's cross country team to their fourth-straight Indiana Intercollegiates title with a team score of 38 points. Gall won the individual championship in a career-best 17:36.3 in the 5K at the LaVerne Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior Lindsay Hattendorf finished behind Gall in the Hoosier pack in a career-best 17:57.5 for fourth, while sophomores Wendi Robinson (18:11.1, fifth) and Stephanie Greer (18:34.8, 13th), and freshman Kellee Lemcke (18:38.3, 15th) rounded out Indiana's top-five.
INDIANA RANKED NO. 26 IN USTFCCCA POLL
The Indiana women's cross country team is ranked 26th in the nation in this week's USTFCCCA Poll. This week's poll is led by top-ranked Stanford with Colorado ranked second and Michigan at No. 3. The Hoosiers are just one of seven Big Ten schools in this week's poll. The Wolverines are followed by Illinois (No. 7), Wisconsin (No. 9), Iowa (No. 17), Minnesota (No. 19) and Michigan State (No. 20). A panel of Division I coaches vote in the USTFCCCA poll. The rankings are released weekly on Tuesday's throughout the collegiate cross country season.
HOOSIERS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE INTERCOLLEGIATES
This season's Indiana Intercollegiates win marked IU's fourth-straight title in the annual meet under head coach Judy Wilson. The Hoosiers' win this year also marked the second-lowest team score (38 points) among IU's current streak. In 2003, Indiana took the title with a team score of 36 points, while the Hoosiers scored 45 points in 2004 and 63 in 2005.
IU TO HOST BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the first time in 10 years, the IU Cross Country Championship Course will be the site of the Big Ten Championships, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29. The women's 6K race is slated to begin at 10:45 a.m. The Hoosiers finished fourth last season at Big Tens, with senior Jessica Gall leading the way with a time of 21:30.14 for ninth place.
GALL LEADS HOOSIER PACK AT INDIANA OPEN
Finishing first for the Hoosiers and second overall at IU's second home meet of the season was senior All-American Jessica Gall with a time of 17:40 for the 5K race. Gall's time tied her career best and was the sixth-fastest time on the IU course. Rounding out the top 10 for IU at the Indiana Open were senior Lindsay Hattendorf (18:10, 5th) and sophomore Wendi Robinson (18:18, 7th).
BIG TEN CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
During the 2006-07 season, the Big Ten will celebrate the conference's 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships. From August 15, 2006 to July 2007, the conference will be sharing some of the many stories of student-athletes, teams, coaches and administrators who have made the past 25 years a success and have set the stage for "the story to continue." Information about the campaign can be found on the official conference website - www.bigten.org.
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA'S
Collegiate teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships based on their team finishes in their regional held Sat., Nov. 11. The top two men's and women's teams from each of the nation's nine regions and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams in each regional automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Mon., Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind., at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Besides the automatic qualifiers, another 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be added to the 31-team, 255-runner men's and women's fields on the evening of Sun., Nov. 12 by the NCAA Championships selection committee. At-large team selection criteria (in order of priority) is based on teams' regional placings, number of wins against fellow NCAA team qualifiers, head-to-head records against other potential NCAA qualifiers, and records against common opponents.