Oct. 4, 2002
South Bend, IN - The Oct. 4 Notre Dame Invitational proved to be a double-edged sword for the No. 27 Indiana cross country team. Despite what head coach Judy Wilson termed an "okay performance", the Hoosiers still finished fifth in a 24-team field that included No. 2 Stanford, the host No. 3 Fighting Irish and No. 18 Wisconsin in the 5K race. Stanford won with 21 points, followed by the Badgers (67), Notre Dame (77), Washington (132), the Hoosiers (149), Northwestern (188), Ball State (296), Purdue (301) and Ball State (317).
"We weren't as focused as I would have liked," Wilson said. "I was hoping that we would be closer to Wisconsin. Our top three or four runners need to step it up."
Indiana was competing in an 18-plus team invitational for the third-straight week, a factor that Wilson admits that she may have underestimated.
"That's something that I may need to look at in the future," she said. "We didn't run like a top 30 team today. We were kind of tense. Minnesota was a big meet, and it took a lot out of us. We had a workout on Tuesday (Oct. 1), and it was tough to come back.
"The good thing is that we were in the top five, but it wasn't a stellar performance," she continued. "The exciting part is that we're capable of a lot more when we have everyone on all cylinders."
Four of Indiana's top five performers turned in career-best 5K efforts at Notre Dame - Mindy Peterson was 17th (18:03), followed by Audrey Giesler (18th, 18:04). Freshmen Jessica Gall (30th, 18:22) and Lindsay Hattendorf (52nd, 18:33) also has the top times of their young careers. Junior Becky Obrecht was 23rd at 18:14 to complete the Hoosiers' point distribution.
Indiana returns to action Oct. 19 at the Pre-NCAA meet in Terre Haute.