Women's Cross Country

    Paul Short Run Presents Hoosiers With Toughest Opposition to Date

    Go Hoosiers! Andrew Poore will look to build on his Big Ten Runner of the Week performance at the Indiana Intercollegiate.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Andrew Poore will look to build on his Big Ten Runner of the Week performance at the Indiana Intercollegiate.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 30, 2009

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    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.

    The IU cross country program had an excellent day at Indiana Intercollegiate on Friday. Not only did the Hoosiers take team titles on the men's and women's sides, but they did it convincingly. The men's team, paced by redshirt sophomore Andrew Poore, bested the field of 20 teams and was 35 points better than the second-place squad. The women were paced by senior Wendi Robinson, who took second, and the team finished five points ahead of rival Purdue. The men finished with 20 points and the women with 47.

    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).

    A week after freshman Zach Mayhew earned Big Ten Runner of the Week honors for his win at the Indiana Open, the conference recognized sophomore Andrew Poore for the same honor on Sept. 22. The two Hoosiers are just the 10th and 11th IU runners to receive the accolade for the men's program, and they are the first since 2006. They are also the first teammates to win consecutive awards for the Hoosiers.

    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."

    For those unable to attend the meet, live updates will be available via Twitter. IU athletics media relations assistant Kyle Johnson will be tweeting updates from the course and will provide updates on the Hoosiers throughout the year. Just visit twitter.com/KJatIU.



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