Women's Cross Country

    Women's Cross Country Travels to Columbus for Big Ten Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Sarah Pease will look to stay ahead of the Hoosier pack at this weekend's Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Sarah Pease will look to stay ahead of the Hoosier pack at this weekend's Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 25, 2007

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    The Hoosiers open the championship portion of the season on Sunday, Oct. 28, as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Ohio State on the Buckeyes' Golf Course. The women's 6K race is slated to begin at 10:45 a.m.

    Indiana placed 34th (904 pts.) in the Pre-Nationals blue races, hosted by Indiana State University, at the LaVern Gibson Golf Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 13. Sophomore Sarah Pease led the women's team as she placed 119th with a time of 21:58 in the 6K race.

    Pease was followed by junior Kristina Trcka in 170th place as she crossed the finish line in 22:29. Senior Lauren Keefe clocked a time of 22:51 to finish 194th, senior Maura Ratcliff placed 204th with a time of 22:59 and freshman Natalie Goolik finished in 217th place with a time of 23:12. Junior Caity Lauer placed 230th with a time of 23:32 and sophomore Jenny Kulow rounded out the Hoosier pack in 246th place with a time of 24:30.

    Paced by former Hoosier and All-American Jessica Gall's 10th-place effort, Indiana amassed 158 points to finish seventh as a team at the 2006 Big Ten Cross Country Championships at the IU Cross Country Championship Course on Sunday, Oct. 29.



    Gall posted a time of 21:01 over the 6,000-meter course en route to earning a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team. The fifth-year senior's time was one second faster than her previous best 6K Big Ten time, which she set in 2004.

    Former Hoosier Lindsay Hattendorf finished second for the Hoosiers, posting a time of 21:20, also a career-best in the Big Ten Championship on a 6K course.

    Wendi Robinson finished third for IU, and 29th overall, turning in a time of 21:59, nearly 19 seconds faster than her time at the 2005 league summit.

    Kellee Lemcke was Indiana's fourth runner to cross the finish line, as she completed the course in 22:40 to finish 49th overall. Kristina Trcka capped the Hoosiers' scoring with a 58th-place finish in 22:53.

    Ashley Sommer finished 61st overall and sixth for Indiana in 23:02, while Hailee Elmore was the Hoosiers' seventh finisher, coming in 75th with a time of 23:42. Maura Ratcliff was 82nd overall in 24:19.

    The Hoosiers will host the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10. This year's regional meet marks the first one in Bloomington since 2005 and the second time IU has been the host.

    The women's race is slated for 12:15 p.m. ET on the IU Cross Country Championship Course.

    Ron Helmer was named the Indiana Director and Head Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field on May 25, 2007. Helmer served in the same capacity at Georgetown University the last eight years.

    Helmer was promoted to director in July 1999 after serving as associate head coach with the Hoyas for seven seasons and assistant coach for the five years prior. During his tenure, 120 of his student-athletes earned a total of 342 All-American recognitions, including 41 student-athletes receiving 96 certificates since becoming director in 1999. In addition, 219 student-athletes captured BIG EAST individual titles, including 67 since the start of the 1999-00 academic year.

    The Indiana women's cross country team was honored as a 2006 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team.

    The Hoosiers boast a 3.690 team grade point average (GPA). IU received additional honors, as former standouts Jessica Gall and Lindsay Hattendorf and junior Wendi Robinson earned 2006 NCAA Division I All-Academic Women's Cross Country individual honors.

    Gall, Hattendorf and Robinson were also honored by the league, earning spots on this year's Big Ten Academic All-Conference team. The trio was joined by junior Kristina Trcka, and seniors Lauren Keefe and Kristin Whitezell on that list.

    Indiana was one of 145 teams that received the team honor on the women's side from the USTFCCCA for this past season, while 76 individuals earned All-Academic honors for the 2006 cross country season.

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