IU Travels To XC Festival (9/29/04)
Indiana Heads To Great American XC Festival
The Indiana women's cross country team will return to action after a week off when the Hoosiers compete at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, N.C. on Friday, Oct. 1. The Cream and Crimson will be competing on the 5K course with 21 other schools, and will be the only Big Ten team in the field. However, the competition will be tough as six ranked teams will help make up the field,, including No. 5 N.C. State, No. 9 North Carolina and No. 18 Duke. The Hoosiers will be hoping to repeat their performance from the 2002 NCAA Championships - the last time IU competed against both Duke and North Carolina in the same field - when they finished 14th in the nation, above Duke (17th) and North Carolina (21st).
Last Time Out
Head Coach Judy Wilson's women's cross country team slipped by hosting Purdue to post back-to-back Indiana Intercollegiate titles for the initial time in the annals of Hoosier history. The Cream and Crimson claimed the Large School Division of the 5K event with a one-point triumph over the Lady Boilermakers after accumulating 45 points.
Overall, the Hoosiers placed three competitors in the top 10 as sophomore Jessica Gall out-ran Ball State's Jill Scully to the finish line with an eight-second victory to win in 17:40. Junior Kelly Siefker followed closely behind with a third-place 17:56, while sophomore Kristin Whitezell came in sixth place with an 18:25 time. Senior Mindy Peterson clocked an 18:39 for 11th place, while junior Allison Miller covered the course in 19:37 to take 24th place. Meanwhile, senior Julie Shields registered a 33rd-place 19:45, while freshman Nikki Peterson posted a 19:49 to finish in 35th. Freshmen Christina Barniak (20:03) and Maura Ratcliff rounded out the IU effort with 40th- and 45th-place performances, respectively.
Jessica Gall Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week....Again
For the second time this season, IU sophomore Jessica Gall was named as the Big Ten Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Indiana Intercollegiates. Gall outran Ball State's Jill Scully to the finish line to win the Indiana Intercollegiate title in 17:40. Gall joined Michigan State freshman Danette Doetzel, as the co-Big Ten Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Gall's previous conference nod came on the week of Sept. 7 after being the top IU finisher at the Indiana Open with a time of 18:32 in the 5K event.
Hoosiers On The Web
For the latest information on Indiana cross country, please refer to the official IU athletics' website, iuhoosiers.com.
Hoosiers Receiving Votes In Latest Finishlynx Top-30
The IU women's cross country team is receiving votes on the latest FinishLynx top-30, released on Sept. 27. The Hoosiers began the season ranked 27th in the nation, receiving 44 votes.
Judy Wilson is in her seventh season as the women's distance coach and head women's cross country coach at her alma mater. 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.
In the past five seasons, Indiana has had six All-Big Ten athletes. IU also continues to hold high academic standards as 32 Hoosiers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors the last three 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.
She ran with the likes of Colette Goudreau, Kim Betz, and Michelle Dekkers during her time as a Hoosier and still owns one of the fastest Hoosier times on the IU course (4th) and ranks in the top five in Indiana history in the 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 meters.
Upon completing eligibility, Wilson became the head coach for the girls cross country and track and field teams and boys distance track at Bloomington South High School for two years. She obtained 1989 Regional Coach of the Year honors after leading the cross country team to its first state qualification in the school's history and coaching a 400m state champion. In 1990, she coached state qualifiers in the 800m and 4x400m relay.
During this time, Wilson also received a B.S. in Exercise Science/Physical Education from IU and has earned Level 1 and Level 2 USAT&F Coaching Education Certification.
She continued to compete, running for Nike Indiana. She was fourth in the 5,000m in the 1988 Olympic Trials and second in the 10K at TAC Nationals that same year. Her Olympic Trials performance capped off the amazing development of her career. She began as a 5:26 miler and became a national-caliber distance runner.
In 1989, Wilson was second in the 3,000m at TAC Nationals (9:18), won the Indianapolis 500 Half-Marathon (1:17.59) and set the record time in winning the half-marathon event at the Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City (1:16.43). The following year, she captured 10th place at the 1990 U.S. Cross Country Trials.
The year 1990 also marked Wilson's first collegiate coaching position as assistant men's and women's cross country and track and field at the University of South Florida. She helped lead the team to a Sun Belt Conference title that year and was voted Sun Belt Conference Co-Coach of the Year.
Wilson then returned to her home state and served as head coach and program coordinator for men's and women's cross country and track and field at DePauw University from 1992-1996. Wilson earned ICAC Coach of the Year after leading the women's track team to the conference crown in `95.
Following her tenure at DePauw, Wilson became the assistant women's cross country and track and field coach at the University of Connecticut from 1996-1998. She coached national qualifiers including Danyelle Wood, the highest finisher ever at UConn, who posted times of 34:09 in the 10K and 16:36 in the 5K, as well as Allison Ciosek, who placed 11th in the 10K at the 1998 NCAA's with a time of 34:48.
The fall of 1998 marked Wilson's return to Indiana. She believes the keys to the recent turnaround of IU women's cross country program are a lesser occurrence of injuries and individualized workout plans which meet each athlete's specific training needs. The focus of the program is to steadily improve each athlete's fitness level while teaching them the mental approach to training and racing.
Wilson is a native of Oldenburg, Ind., and graduate of Batesville H.S. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Bloomington with their infant son, Hunter.
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