Oct. 27, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind - Indiana women's team travels to Minneapolis, Minn., for the second time this season, for the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30 at 11:30. IU traveled to Minneapolis and the Les Bolsted Golf Course for the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24.
LAST YEAR AT BIG TENS
Last season, at the Ashton Cross Country course at the University of Iowa, the Hoosiers took fifth place, led by then-sophomore Jessica Gall, who finished third overall, earning first team All-Big Ten honors. Then-sophomore Kristin Whitezell also garnered All-Big Ten Honors with a 12th place finish, earning her a spot on the second team.
HOOSIER HISTORY AT THE BIG TENS
Indiana has won two Big Ten Championships (1989 and 1990) and has placed in the top four in two of the last three seasons. Led by then-sophomore Jessica Gall, the Hoosiers finished in fifth place, with Gall taking third place honors.
THE GREAT GALL
Junior All-American Jessica Gall has been just what the Hoosiers ordered. Since returning from a minor injury at the start of the year, Gall finished first for the Hoosiers in every race she participated in. She took 35th overall in her first race of the season in the Roy Griak Invitational, 38th overall at the Notre Dame Invitational, and 40th at Pre-NCAAs.
Junior Jessica Gall headlines the returning letterwinners for Indiana. Gall became just the eighth female runner in school history to earn All-American honors during the cross country season when she finished in 18th place at NCAA's.
BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA
The Hoosiers had a travel friendly schedule this season, leaving the state only twice. The team went to Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this season for the Roy Griak Invitational. IU also had trips in-state to South Bend for the Notre Dame Invitatonal, and Terre Haute for the Pre-NCAAs. The Hoosiers will travel to Minneapolis once more for the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30.
This year's squad is loaded with talent from across Indiana with nine runners hailing from the Hoosier state. That number also includes two Bloomington natives, sophomore Maura Ratcliff (South) and freshman Lydia Serfling (North).
The Hoosiers stay home for the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 12. There are five teams in the Great Lakes Region ranked in the top 30, headlined by No. 3 Michigan. For more information on the race, visit IUHOOSIERS.com.