IU Finishes Fifth At Big Ten's (10/31/04)
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sophomore Jessica Gall earned First Team All-Big Ten honors with a third-place finish to lead the 21st-ranked Indiana women's cross country team to a fifth-place showing at the 2004 Big Ten Championship held on the Ashton Cross Country on the campus of the University of Iowa.
Gall was one of two IU runners to garner Big Ten honors. Sophomore Kristin Whitezell placed 12th to nab a spot on the second team. The top seven runners at the Big Ten's were placed on the first team, while the second seven found a spot on the second team.
"This was a great race for Jessica as well as Kristin and I thought both ladies came through for us today," head coach Judy Wilson said. "As a team we just didn't have what we needed, but I think it is still there. Kristin has been consistently running fourth in practice and for her to finish second in this big of an event makes me think that we will be alright for the NCAA Regional."
Gall finished the 6K event in a time of 21:02, finishing one second ahead of Penn State's Molly Landreth. It marks the second Big Ten honor in Gall's short career as she earned second team honors in 2002 with an 11th-place finish.
For Whitezell, it marks the first time in her career she has earned Big Ten honors, finishing with a time of 21:39. Following Whitezell was junior Kelly Seifker who placed 20th with a time of 21:56, while junior Larra Overton had a time of 22:39 to place 47th.
Senior Mindy Peterson placed 56th (22:53) and was immediately followed by teammate Lindsay Hattendorf who came in 57th (22:56). Freshman Nikki Peterson rounded out IU with a time of 24:16 to place 86th.
Michigan State freshman Danette Doetzel took the individual championship in a time of 20:33. Michigan's Rebecca Walter finished behind her with a time of 20:53.
Despite Doetzel taking the individual title, the Michigan Wolverines claimed their third consecutive team championship by 40 points. Behind Michigan's 45 points, two teams tied for the second place finish with 85 total points. Michigan State finished in the second position for the third time in as many years, while Illinois finished third with 85 points.
The Hoosiers will next compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Ypsilanti, Mich. On Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m.
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