Women's Cross Country Travels to Columbus for Big Ten Championships
Oct. 25, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
LAST TIME OUT
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.
2006 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
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.
GREAT LAKES REGIONAL INFORMATION
The women's race is slated for 12:15 p.m. ET on the IU Cross Country Championship Course.
THE HELMER ERA BEGINS
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.
HOOSIERS AHEAD OF THE CLASS
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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