Big Ten Championships Notes in PDF Format (10-26-06)
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Oct. 26, 2006
INDIANA HOSTS BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the first time in 10 years, the IU Cross Country Championship Course will be the site of the Big Ten Championships, on Sunday, Oct. 29. The women's 6K race is slated to begin at 10:45 a.m.
HOOSIERS' RECENT HISTORY IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indiana has finished among the top five at the Big Ten Championships since 2002, placing third in 2002 with a team score of 83 points. The Hoosiers finished fourth last season at Big Tens, with senior Jessica Gall leading the way with a time of 21:30.14 for ninth place. IU has recorded two team championships, in 1989 and 1990, and three individual championhsips. Former Hoosier and two-time All-American Michelle Decker claimed IU's three individual titles in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
INDIANA PLACES 15TH AT PRE-NATIONALS
Despite running without their four and five runners, the Hoosiers placed 15th with a final team score of 441 points at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 14. Jessica Gall paced IU with a 20:29 time to finish seventh overall, while senior Lindsay Hattendorf placed 41st with a time of 21:00.
GALL PACES HOOSIERS IN FOUR STRAIGHT RACES
Jessica Gall has been the leader of Indiana's pack in four consecutive races this season. Gall finished second at the second at the IU Open. She recorded her first individual meet title of the season at Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 15 and placed 11th at the inaugural Bill Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 29. Gall placed seventh at the Pre-Nationals on Oct. 14 for her fourth straight race as the Hoosiers' leader.
GALL PACES HOOSIERS AT INAUGURAL BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL
Senior All-American Jessica Gall paced the Hoosier harriers with an 11th-place finish of 20:55.75 in the 6K of the inaugural Bill Dellinger Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon on Sept. 29. IU finished seventh overall with 170 points among some of the nation's best teams. Gall was followed by senior Lindsay Hattendorf with a time of 21:19.29 for 22nd. She was followed by sophomores Wendi Robinson (21:30.85, 28th), Stephanie Greer (22:22.17, 54th), and Kristina Trcka (22:29.42, 62nd). Freshman Hailee Elmore placed 64th with a time of 22:35.21, and was followed by sophomore Ashley Sommer (22:51.05, 72nd) and junior Maura Ratcliff (23:06.76, 80th).
HOOSIERS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE INTERCOLLEGIATES
This season's Indiana Intercollegiates win marked IU's fourth straight title in the annual meet under head coach Judy Wilson. The Hoosiers' win this year also marked the second-lowest team score (38 points) among IU's current streak. In 2003, Indiana took the title with a team score of 36 points, while the Hoosiers scored 45 points in 2004 and 63 in 2005.
GALL LEADS HOOSIER PACK AT INDIANA OPEN
Finishing first for the Hoosiers and second overall at IU's second home meet of the season was senior All-American Jessica Gall with a time of 17:40 for the 5K race. Gall's time tied her career best and was the sixth-fastest time on the IU course. Rounding out the top 10 for IU at the Indiana Open were senior Lindsay Hattendorf (18:10, 5th) and sophomore Wendi Robinson (18:18, 7th).
WHAT'S UP NEXT
Following the Big Ten Championships, IU will take another week off from competition in preparation for the Great Lakes Regional at the Forest Creason Golf Course in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Nov. 11.
BIG TEN CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
During the 2006-07 season, the Big Ten will celebrate the conference's 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships. From Aug. 15, 2006, to July 2007, the conference will be sharing some of the many stories of student-athletes, teams, coaches and administrators who have made the past 25 years a success and have set the stage for "the story to continue." Information about the campaign can be found on the official conference Web site - www.bigten.org.
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA'S
Collegiate teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships based on their team finishes in their regional held Sat., Nov. 11. The top two men's and women's teams from each of the nation's nine regions and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams in each regional automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Mon., Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind., at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Besides the automatic qualifiers, another 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be added to the 31-team, 255-runner men's and women's fields on the evening of Sun., Nov. 12, by the NCAA Championships selection committee. At-large team selection criteria (in order of priority) is based on teams' regional placings, number of wins against fellow NCAA team qualifiers, head-to-head records against other potential NCAA qualifiers, and records against common opponents.