IU Finishes Eighth At XC Festival (10/1/04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's cross country team had an eighth-place showing at the Great American Cross Country Festival. The event, which was held in Cary, N.C., featured 20 schools, including six ranked teams.
"I felt that we had a sub par day on a very difficult course," IU head coach Judy Wilson said. "I thought Kelly (Siefker) ran great and Jessica (Gall) also ran pretty good considering she had a slight injury. It would have been nice to finish in the top five but we just didn't have enough up top. We will have to be ready for the Pre-NCAA meet in two weeks and I think this was a good course for us to prepare for that race."
No. 18 Duke won the event, posting only 56 points on the 5K course. Duke's Shannon Rowbury also took home the individual title as well with a time of 16:42.64 - almost 16 seconds better than her next closest competitor.
Junior Kelly Siefker led the Hoosiers with a career-best time of 17:43.54 - besting her previous mark of 17:56 set earlier this year at the Indiana Intercollegiate - to lead the squad with a 15th-place finish. Sophomore Jessica Gall, who was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 25 following her first-place finish at the Indiana Intercollegiate, was the second IU runner to cross the finish line, finishing 27th with a time of 18:06.16.
IU senior Mindy Peterson ran a time of 18:41.01 to place 56th overall. Following Peterson was sophomore Kristin Whitezell who placed 65th with a time of 18:53.60. Sophomore Lindsay Hattendorf placed 77th with a run of 19:07.0, closely followed by junior Larra Overton who clocked a 19:10.73 - besting her season-best time by 45 seconds - to place 79th overall.
Other IU runners include freshman Nikki Peterson who ran a 19:42.21 to finish in 108th, while junior Allison Miller (20:26.13) and senior Julie Shields (20:42.81) finished in 131st and 138th, respectively.
No. 9 North Carolina finished second in the event with 85 points, followed by Georgia (122 points), BYU (124 points), and Adams State College (134 points). No. 5 N. C. State (142 points) finished in sixth, while Virginia (204 points) just edged the Hoosiers. The Cream and Crimson finished with 229 points and a total time of 1:32.31.31 to place eighth overall.
The Hoosiers will next compete at the Pre-NCAA's, which will be held in Terre Haute, Ind. On Oct. 16
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