Paul Short Run Presents Hoosiers With Toughest Opposition to Date
Sept. 30, 2009
The Hoosiers head to Bethlehem, Pa., for their stiffest competition to date at the Paul Short Invitational. The men will race 42 others schools, including three nationally-ranked squads (Iona (No. 7), North Carolina State (No. 19) and Princeton (No. 30)). The women will race 41 other teams, including two teams ranked in the top-five nationally (West Virginia (No. 4) and Villanova (No. 5)).
The IU teams will run in the men's and women's Gold Races, with the men toeing the line at 11 a.m. ET and the women taking off at 11:45 a.m. ET.
LAST TIME OUT
Poore was the first Hoosier to cross the line, but the rest of the Hoosier top five wasn't far behind at all, as they finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth and were all within 15 seconds of first place. Poore finished in 24:46, just one second behind race winner Rob Mullett of Butler. Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer was third in 24:52, junior Cole Hardacre was fourth in 24:53, redshirt freshman Zach Mayhew was fifth in 24:58 and redshirt sophomore Andrew Weatherford was sixth in 25:00. The Hoosiers scored 13 fewer points than in 2008, and the next closest team on the day was Indiana State with 55 points.
The men weren't the only IU runners in the top ten, as three Hoosier women were as well. Robinson was second in 17:32, just four seconds out of first, junior Sarah Pease took fourth in 17:41 and sophomore Chelsea Blanchard was sixth in 18:01. Rounding out the top five for IU were freshman Samantha Ginther in 17th and Molly Beckwith in 18th, both finishing in 18:57. The Hoosiers 47 point effort is ten points better than their score in 2008.
Also competing for IU on the day were senior Jenny Kulow who took 20th with a time of 19:04 and Natalie Goolik who finished 26th overall (19:07). On the men's side, Danny Stockberger took 41st (26:59) and Jacob Rich was 49th (27:13).
BEST IN THE BIG TEN
Indiana cross country director and head coach Ron Helmer is happy to see the hard work of his athletes paying off early in the season.
"It is obviously early," Helmer said, "but the fact that during some heavy training our guys are able to achieve at that level, it is a sign of good things to come."
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