October 2, 2001
NOTRE DAME CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL
Friday, Oct. 5 Women's Blue Division 6K-4:15 p.m. Men's Blue Division 8K-5:00 p.m.
Bouncing Back in South Bend
Both the Indiana men's and women's cross country teams were dissatisfied with their performances at last weekend's Roy Griak Invitational and will look to bounce back in South Bend as they compete Friday, Oct. 5 in the Blue Division of the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational. Following the Gold Division races, the women's Blue Division 6K begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by the men's Blue Division 8K at 5:00 p.m.
The men finished fifth and the women 12th at the 2000 ND Invite. Although the Indiana men suffered a hard fall in the national and regional polls following the Roy Griak meet, both they and the critics know they should not be counted out. They remain within the top 27 teams in the country and are listed sixth in the Great Lakes Region.
The meet will be held on Notre Dame's Golf Course, which is located on the west side of campus. For directions, call (219) 631-4116. Admission to the event is free.
Rich in Returners
Every Big Ten and regional scorer returns for the women's team in 2001 while for the men, all but one 2000 NCAA competitor returns for the fall season.
The men's top seven out of 172 athletes at the 2000 Notre Dame 8K was as follows. Returners who will run this weekend are bolded:
1. Aaron Gillen-11th-24:28
2. Chris Powers-27th (26)-24:47
3. Bart Phariss-29th (28)-24:52
4. Jeff Zeha-53rd (51)-25:14
5. Chad Andrews-58th (56)-25:19
6. Kevin Chandler-64th (62)-25:24
7. Dan Billish-79th (77)-25:34
The women's top seven out of 232 athletes at the 2000 Notre Dame 5K was as follows:
1. Amanda Bell-22nd-17:44
2. Allyson Hammond-35th-18:05
3. Stephanie Magley-78th (76)-18:35
4. Lauren Weddell-91st (89)-18:42
5. Erin Womble-92nd (90)-18:42
6. Courtney Bell-107th (105)-18:50
7. Audrey Giesler-108th (106)-18:50
Hear the Head Coaches
Men's Head Coach Robert Chapman: "To make it to the national championship, we have to run well at pre-nationals and a precursor to that is running well at Notre Dame. I think the guys need that from a confidence standpoint. I still think that physically we are in fantastic shape and are in a perfect position as far as training goes. Our competitive nature and approach to racing, however, has to change and that is something that we can change. We were in this exact same position last year where we weren't happy with the way we performed at Griak and we put it together and things fell into place. The blueprint is there, we just have to do it."
Women's Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "I think a lot of people know what I'm asking of them. I've really put up a challenge to people and we will see this weekend who is tough and who is not. We have to run well at Notre Dame to assure our spot at pre-nationals. We can't take any chances anymore and we really just have to put ourselves out there and perform competitively."
Racing for Results
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Men's Line-Up List
Men's teams participating: Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Cal Poly Pomona, Calvin College, Edinboro, Illinois State, Indiana, Loyola-Chicago, Montana, Northern Iowa, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Truman State, Utah State, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Wichita State, Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
It is hard to tell how far So./Fr. Tom Burns can go this season. He took 3rd/34 athletes in the Indiana Open debut meet. Burns destroyed his previous 7K PR by 1:46 (2000-24:29.28/2001-22:43.10). At the Roy Griak Invitational, burns was IU's third man, finishing in the top 100.
Trisler in the Top
Sr. Josh Trisler, a transfer who made his way to IU from DePauw and IUPUI, finished 7th/75 as an unattached athlete in the 2000 Indiana Intercollegiates 8K Open with a time of 26:57.00. At the recent Roy Griak meet, Trisler was fifth for IU.
It's In the Blood
So./Fr. Kurtis George, cousin to Jr. Chad Andrews, was Indiana's sixth man at the recent Roy Griak meet. Head coach Robert Chapman says of George, "Kurtis made some great progress in his redshirt year last year and I believe he will be a major factor for our team this fall."
Indiana's Chris Powers, Chad Andrews, and Bart Phariss own the top returning 8K times for the Hoosiers and were within Indiana's top four finishers at the recent Roy Griak meet. Andrews and Powers also own the top returning 10K times. Andrews was the Hoosiers' No. 2 scorer from the Big Ten Championship to the NCAA Championship in 2000 and was third in the 10,000m at the 2001 Outdoor Big Ten Championship this spring, making him All Big Ten in both cross country and track. Powers was second for Indiana in the first four scored meets of the 2000 season and was third for the Hoosiers from the Big Ten Championship to the NCAA Championship. Phariss was in the top five for IU at the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Great Lakes Regional and was third for Indiana in the first three scored meets of the season. The trio scored for IU last season at the Notre Dame Invite.
Zeha Zips By
Junior/sophomore Jeff Zeha owns the third best 10K time of returning Hoosiers and was in the top five at the 2000 NCAA Championship. He has multiple high level competitions under his belt including the 2000 NCAA Championship, the World Cross Country Trials, and the U.S. Track and Field Junior Nationals.
Purcell has Potential
Junior/sophomore Nathan Purcell came through during the 2000 season and finished fourth among Indiana runners at the NCAA Championship, despite being set back early in the season due to a nagging injury. He went on in the spring to qualify for the finals of the 1,500m at the 2001 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships. Purcell says he is excited to see what he can do this season as he remains healthy.
Sweetman a Surprise
Junior/sophomore Matt Sweetman improved from the first scored meet of the 2000 season to the Notre Dame Invitational by 15 seconds and will look to make the top seven in 2001. Head coach Robert Chapman says of Sweetman, "Matt's performances so far may just be the biggest surprise on our team. It wouldn't surprise me to see Matt as a top 25 Big Ten threat as a sophomore competitor."
Women's Line-Up List
Women's teams participating: Ball State, Butler, E. Michigan, Edinboro, Illinois State, Indiana, Loyola-Chicago, Miami-Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi State, Montana, N. Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Utah St., Western Michigan, William and Mary.
Look Out for Obrecht
Watch for increased consistency from sophomore Becky Obrecht. She came into the 2000 NCAA Great Lakes Regional having last competed at the Notre Dame Invitational. In her first 6K of the season, Obrecht finished fifth on the team and scored. At the 2001 Indiana Open on August 31, Obrecht was fifth for the Hoosiers. Her 5K time of 19:45.70 was nearly a one minute improvement compared to her previous 5K best on Indiana's course run at last season's Indiana Intercollegiates (20:41.50). At the Illini Invitational, Obrecht decided to be inconsistent, placing first for the Hoosiers for the first time. She took ninth/145 athletes with a 5K PR by 1:27 (17:54/previous 19:21). At the recent Roy Griak Invitational, Obrecht was second for the Hoosiers, placing second for IU.
Peterson a Top Prep
Freshman Mindy Peterson was not content in letting her prep career speak for her. Peterson, a two-time state cross country champion and three-time track state champion from Milan, Illinois, has been the second Hoosier to cross the line for Indiana in the first two meets of the season. She was second for IU at the Indiana Open and the second man at the Illini Invitational last weekend, taking 17th/145 athletes with a 5K time of 18:13. At the recent Roy Griak Invitational, Peterson led the Hoosiers.
Bringin' Back the All-Big Ten Athletes
Juniors Allyson Hammond and Amanda Bell have become Indiana's first All-Big Ten athletes since 1993. From 1999 into the 2000 Pre-NCAA meet, Bell was Indiana's leader while Hammond was consistently in the top two following the 1999 NCAA Regionals. Hammond was IU's No.1 runner during the latter portion of 2000 and finished in the top five at both the Big Ten Championship and Great Lakes Regional, and took 48th at the NCAA Championship. Both sat out large portions of the track season, Hammond the entire season, due to injuries sustained in cross country, but are building back to the top in 2001. The two ran for the second time this season at last weekend's Roy Griak Invitational. Bell was IU's fourth man and Hammond ninth for IU.
Senior Erin Womble and Junior/sophomore Lauren Weddell look to have their names close together on the results list in 2001 as well. Womble came through in the NCAA Great Lake Regional as Indiana's second athlete to score. Weddell finished in the top four from the Notre Dame Invite on last season, including her third place finish for the team at the Big Ten Championship. Weddell also scored for the Hoosiers in the conference in both indoor and outdoor track and looks for her spring success to move into the cross country season. At the Illini Invitational, Womble was third for IU and Weddell sixth. Womble placed 28th/145 in 18:21 and Weddell 37th/145 in 18:31 while at the Roy Griak meet, Weddell and Womble were IU's sixth and seventh men.
Sophomore Audrey Giesler led the flock of Hoosiers heading into the finish line at the Indiana Open, IU's annual debut meet. The women claimed the top 13 of 14 places at the meet with Giesler winning with a 5K time of 19:16.70. She was the fifth man for the Hoosiers at the Illini Invitational, placing 36th/145 athletes with a 5K best of 17:54 (previous 1:27) while at Roy Griak, Giesler was IU's third man.
2001 Mondo Men's National Poll 10/2
5. Notre Dame
8. N.C. State
10. N. Arizona
11. Colorado St.
14. Wake Forest
15. Arizona State
16. Michigan State
19. E. Michigan
20. Weber State
2001 Finish Lynx Women's National Poll 10/2
3. NC State
5. Arizona St.
6. Boston College
8. N. Carolina
12. Colorado State
13. Michigan State
2001 Women's Great Lakes Region Poll 9/30
1. Michigan State
4. Notre Dame
8. Miami (Ohio)
9. Ball State
10. Kent State
2001 USCCCA Men's Great Lakes Region Poll 10/2
1. Notre Dame
4. Eastern Michigan
5. Michigan State
7. Miami (Ohio)
8. Ohio State
10. Central Michigan