Hoosiers Eighth At Pre-NCAA's (10/16/04)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Sophomore Jessica Gall placed 15th overall to lead the Indiana women's cross country team to an eighth-place finish against an elite field in the Pre-NCAA's hosted by Indiana State at LaVern Gibson Championship Course on Saturday. The Hoosiers had a team score of 309, besting eight nationally-ranked teams.
Gall's time of 21:01.1 was her career-best mark in a 6K event, topping her previous best by over 20 seconds. Her previous best time on a 6K course was at the 2002 NCAA Championship when she recorded a time of 21:23.1.
Stanford, the nation's top-ranked team, won the event by 62 points over second-place and sixth-ranked Notre Dame. The Cardinals recorded just 49 points, while the Irish had 111 points on the 6,000m course. Rounding out the top five was No. 8 North Carolina (129), No. 10 Missouri (174) and No. 13 Brigham Young (192).
The Hoosiers defeated No. 16 Baylor, No. 18 Columbia, No. 23 Idaho and No. 25 UCLA, among others.
Junior Kelly Siefker also recorded a career-best time on the 6K course with a 21:18.6 to finish 27th overall. She surpassed her old mark of 21:29.4, which was set at the 2003 NCAA Championship.
IU senior Mindy Peterson ran a time of 21:54.3 to place 68th overall. Following Peterson was sophomore Kristin Whitezell who placed 76th with a time of 21:59.5.
Sophomore Lindsay Hattendorf (22:22.5), junior Larra Overton (22:35.5) and Nikki Peterson (23:42.1) rounded out the Cream and Crimson.
Five Hoosier women competed in the Open 6,000 meters - Allison Miller (23:28.4), Tina Barniak (23:42.0), Julie Shields (23:47.7), Ashley Groth (24:30.5) and Maura Ratcliff (24:42.3).
The Hoosiers will next compete at the Big Ten Championships, which will be held in Iowa City, Iowa on Oct. 31.
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