Indiana Women's Cross Country Set for Big Ten Championships
Oct. 26, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the first time since 1996, the Big Ten Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Indiana University on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the IU Cross Country Course. The women's 6K race will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the men's 8K race starting at 11:30 a.m. (EST).
Gall, a two-time All-American for the Hoosiers and a West Lafayette, Ind., native, closes her fifth and final year at IU with the sixth-fastest 5K time (17:40.0) on the IU Cross Country Course, which she set on Sept. 9 at the Indiana Open. Gall has led the Hoosiers in the last four straight races, placing among the top 10 in three of those four meets. Her top finish of the year was when she claimed the individual title at Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 15 with a career-best time of 17:36.3, leading the Hoosiers to their fourth consecutive meet championship.
Gall is only the second Hoosier to ever earn two All-American certificates in her cross country career. She is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, a three-time NCAA qualifier and earned Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association (WICCCA) academic honors in 2005. Gall is also a two-time Big Ten all-academic team honoree.
Hattendorf, a Chesterton, Ind., product, has also been a fixture among IU's top five in 14 consecutive races. She has been IU's second-fastest runner in 12 meets during her five seasons in Bloomington. Hattendorf recorded a season-best time of 21:00 in the 6K at Pre-Nationals, placing 45th among a field of 245 on Oct. 14. Her highest finish of her senior season was on Sept. 15 at Indiana Intercollegiates, when she placed fourth with a time of 17:57.5 in the 5K.
Hattendorf posted a career-best 6K time of 20:48 at the 2005 NCAA Championships and ran a career-best 5K time of 18:07 at the 2005 Notre Dame Invitational. The three-time NCAA qualifier also earned WICCCA All-Academic team honors last season and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
This year's Big Ten Championships features some fierce, nationally ranked competition. Currently the league boasts six women's teams either ranked or receiving votes in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association Poll, including No. 3 Michigan.
Indiana entered the season ranked 29th in the USTFCCCA poll and has battled through some competitive meets this season. The Hoosiers staked their claim as one of the best teams in the state after winning their fourth straight Indiana Intercollegiates title with a team score of 38 points. Gall heads into the championship season after placing seventh overall in the 6K at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 14 with a time of 20:29.
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