November 6, 2001
Sat., Nov. 10 M 10K-11:00 a.m. W 6K-12:15 p.m. (LaVern Gibson Championship Course-Terre Haute, Ind.)
On the Road Again
After the men's team qualified for the first time since 1987 and the women qualified their first individual since 1990 for the NCAA Championship last season, the Hoosiers hope that once again in 2001, they will be on the road to the national meet.
Indiana competes in Terre Haute on Saturday, Nov. 10 as Indiana State hosts the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. The competition is one of nine regional races run this weekend to determine team and individual qualifiers for the 2001 NCAA Championship.
The men's 10K race kicks off at 11:00 a.m. EDT followed by the women's 6K race at 12:15 p.m. EDT. A total of 33 teams will battle to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Championship hosted by Furman University in Greenville, S.C. on Monday, Nov. 19. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for fans 18 and under. For additional Great Lakes Regional Championship information, please visit http://web.indstate.edu/athletic/cross/2001regionals.html
The men's team will be seeking their second straight NCAA team qualification and finished fourth last season. They enter ranked seventh in the region and tied for 25th in the nation. Their season has been solid thus far as they finished third at Notre Dame, 11th at Roy Griak, and fourth at the Big Ten Championship, but the Hoosiers will need to fire on all cylinders this weekend to guarantee qualification.
The women's team, like the men, also finished fourth in the region last season. Although they have struggled during the 2001 season, two first-year competitors placed within the top 20 at the most recent Big Ten Championship. The Hoosiers have been tapering their training and if they can close gaps between their second through fifth man, could see a high finish once again.
The top two teams and four of the top 25 individuals not on automatic qualifying teams will automatically qualify for the 2001 NCAA Championship. On Monday, Nov. 12, the Division I Cross Country Committee will select 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals from the NCAA's nine regions to also compete in the national meet. A total of 31 teams and 38 individuals in both the men's and women's races will then toe the line for the national title.
Hear the Head Coaches
Men's Head Coach Robert Chapman: "In a normal situation, we would look at this meet as an opportunity to qualify for nationals. This year, the approach is different. It becomes more personal. We want to beat Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Michigan. We have to target teams and beat them. That's the focus"
Women's Head Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "After last year, anything is possible. We went in ranked ninth and finished fourth. Anything is possible."
Racing for Results
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There are 33 teams that will clash in the Great Lakes Regional Championship this weekend: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Dayton, Detroit-Mercy, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Indiana, Indiana State, IUPUI, Kent State, Marquette, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oakland, Ohio State, Ohio, Purdue, Toledo, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wright State, Xavier, and Youngstown State.
At the 2000 Great Lakes Regional Championship, scoring for the men's top four teams was as follows:
1. Wisconsin-75 [5,9,16,18,27]
2. E. Michigan-100 2,11,23,31,33]
3.Notre Dame-143 [1,8,17,24,93]
4. Indiana-151 [6,12,28,35,70]
At the 2000 Great Lakes Regional Championship, scoring for the women's top four teams was as follows:
1. Wisconsin-65 [1,3,8,15,38]
2. Michigan -113 [9,14,23,32,35]
3. Marquette-146 [11,17,27,43,48]
4. Indiana-175 [4,26,28,37,80]
The men's top six at the 2000 Great Lakes Regional Championship was as follows. Returners are bolded:
1. Aaron Gillen-6th-31:08.0
2. Chad Andrews-12th-31:31.7
3. Chris Powers-28th-31:59.9
4. Jeff Zeha-35th-32:10.5
5. Bart Phariss-70th-32:54.7
6. Nathan Purcell-77th-33:05.6
The women's top seven at the 2000 Great Lakes Regional was as follows. Returners are bolded:
1. Allyson Hammond-4th-20:55.8
2. Erin Womble-26th-22:01.6
3. Stephanie Magley-28th-22:02.7 *Redshirted
4. Lauren Weddell-37th-22:13.8
5. Becky Obrecht-80th-22:49.3
6. Heidi Crowley-99th-23:06.4
7. Audrey Giesler-131st-23:39.2
It's Gotta Be the Coaches
While they won't be the ones to say it, the efforts of fourth year coaches Judy Bogenschutz and Dr. Robert Chapman are the primary factor in Indiana cross country making a remarkable turnaround in just three seasons. From 1998 to 2000, Bogenschutz has brought the women's team from ninth to seventh in the conference and from 20th to fourth in the region. In the same span of time, Chapman has raised the men's team from 10th to second in the conference and from not competing, to ninth, to fourth in the region.
In two scored meets of the 2001 season that Indiana has competed in, the Roy Griak Invitational and the Notre Dame Invitational, Indiana's top six athletes have been natives of Indiana. In the two most recent meets, the Pre-NCAA and Big Ten Championships, sophomore Nathan Purcell, a native of Salem, Ill., broke the running tradition to be the only athlete out of the top six not from the Hoosier homeland. Yet, his teammates will gladly take his efforts as Purcell was IU's fifth man at the Pre-NCAA Meet.
Obrecht Breaks Out
Sophomore Becky Obrecht is a small town girl making a big impact for IU. Obrecht, a native of Fortville, Ind., says she came to IU to meet new people, encounter different views, and gain new experiences. Her experiences in cross country have only continued to get better with time. As a freshman last season, Obrecht proved her worth when she scored for IU at the Great Lakes Regional despite the race being the first 6K and only the third race of her career. This season, Obrecht is no longer trailing the pack. Rather, she has siezed the reigns and has led IU in three of the four scored meets of the 2001 season thus far. At the most recent Big Ten Championship, the first of her career, Obrecht ran a 17:57.2 for 18th place in the conference.
No Benchwarmers Despite Blows
Despite the fact that the Indiana women's cross country team lost three of their top athletes prior to the 2001 season to injury, Indiana's youth have been unafraid to rise to the challenge. In the six meets of the 2001 season, four of the top five athletes have been of sophomore status or below on five occasions (Indiana Open, Roy Griak, Notre Dame, Pre-NCAAs, and Big Tens). It was only at the Illini Invitational that juniors Amanda Bell and Whitney Bevins scored for IU.
Peterson a Top Prep
Freshman Mindy Peterson, a two-time state cross country champion and three-time state track champion from Illinois, has never placed below third for the Hoosiers this season. In three of the five meets this season, she has been the second Hoosier to cross the line while in two meets, the Roy Griak Invitationl and most recent Big Ten Championship, she was first for Indiana. Peterson placed 16th in the conference (17:55.2).
Junior Chad Andrews, an All-Big Ten selection in both cross country and track, has made a steady progression to the top of the pack during his career. As a freshman in 1999, Andrews placed as high as third for IU on two occasions. He would follow up in 2000 as a sophomore to place second for IU on three occasions. So far during the 2001 season, he has been the first Hoosier to cross the line in two meets (Notre Dame and Pre-NCAAs). Furthermore, Andrews has established a trend of coming through for the Hoosiers when it counts most. The two occasions in 1999 in which Andrews was third for IU were the Big Ten Championship and Great Lakes Regional. In 2000, it was the same two meets in which Andrews would take second for IU with the addition of the NCAA Championship. In Great Lakes Regional competition, Andrews has improved his 10K time by 51 seconds (1999-32:17.8/2000-31:31.7) and jumped 39 places (1999-51/194; 2000-12/209).
Freshman Tom Burns of Hammond, Ind. is a true team player. Burns has run in three of the four scored meets of the 2001 season (Roy Griak, Notre Dame, and Big Tens) and has finished third for the Hoosiers on the first two occasions. Following the Notre Dame Invitational, Burns said of his developing role for IU, "I don't see myself as the third man. I see myself as being in pretty good shape and as the season rolls on and everyone starts coming along, I could be fifth, sixth, or even seventh. I'm just going out there and getting the job done and doing my part for the team in this first part of the season and gaining experience for later on." At the most recent meet, the 2001 Big Ten Championship, Burns was there for the Hoosiers, placing 29th as IU's fifth man (24:38.9).
Powers Pushing the Pack
Junior Chris Powers, like fellow junior Chad Andrews, has developed into a consistent force for IU during his career. In the six scored meets of the 2000 season, Powers never finished below third for IU and placing third was only on three occasions. Powers made a big jump for the Hoosiers at the recent Pre-NCAA Championship. Leading up to the meet, Powers had placed fourth for IU at both the Roy Griak and Notre Dame Invitationals. At the Pre-NCAA Meet, however, Powers pushed the envelope to take second for his team and 57th out of 242 of top Division I athletes. He followed up two weeks later at the conference championship to place first for IU in scored competition for the first time in his career. Powers just missed All-Big Ten status for his 15th place finish. In regional 10K competition, Powers has improved by 56 seconds (1999-32:55.5/2000-31:59.9) and jumped 52 places (1999-80/194; 2000-28/209).
Phariss Puts Up a Fight
Out of 12 competitions, there has only been one meet in sophomore Bart Phariss' career in which he has not scored for the Hoosiers. So far in the 2001 season, Phariss has not placed below third for his team. He finished first for IU at the Roy Griak Invitational, improving by 51 seconds at the 8K level compared to last season on the Minnesota course (2000-25:39/2001-24:48). Phariss has finished second for IU on two occasions this season as well, Notre Dame and the most recent Big Ten Championship.
It's in the Blood
Freshman Kurtis George, cousin to junior Chad Andrews, was Indiana's sixth man at both the Roy Griak and Notre Dame Invitationals. Head coach Robert Chapman says of George, "Kurtis made some great progress in his redshirt year last year and I believe he will be a major factor for our team this fall." George scored for IU for the first time this season at the Big Ten Championship, placing 28th as IU's fourth man (24:38.4).
Sophomore Rob DeWitte has improved tremendously coming off of his redshirt freshman year. In the unscored home debut meet this season, DeWitte shaved 39 seconds off of his previous 7K time on IU's course (2001-23:27.50/2000-24:06.38). Furthermore, DeWitte ran in the first scored meet of his career this season at Notre Dame where he was the ninth man for IU and placed 89th out of a 128-man field with the best 8K time of his career (26:14). At the most recent Big Ten Championship, he finished as IU's eighth man, taking 66th out of 87 athletes. His 8K career time dropped by 35 seconds (26:14/25:39.6).
2001 Finish Lynx Women's National Poll 10/29
4. N.C. State
4. Boston College
6. Michigan State
9. N. Carolina
11. Arizona State
13. N. Arizona
16. Colorado State
19. Notre Dame
20. Oklahoma State
23. James Madison
2001 Women's Great Lakes Region Poll 10/28
1. Michigan State
3. Notre Dame
8. Ball State
9. Kent State