Women's Cross Country

    Hoosiers Host 2007 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will look to finish among the top two in the Great Lakes Region to earn an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will look to finish among the top two in the Great Lakes Region to earn an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 7, 2007

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    The Hoosiers will host the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10. This year's regional meet marks the first one in Bloomington since 2005 and the second time IU has been the host.

    The women's 6K race is slated for 12:15 p.m. ET on the Indiana Cross Country Championship Course.

    The race features some of the best teams in the nation, including No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Michigan and No. 23 Wisconsin.

    The top two teams at each regional championship meet automatically qualify for the 2007 NCAA Championship meet, which is on Nov. 19 at the LaVern Gibson Golf Course in Terre Haute Ind. Also from each regional meet, the first four student-athletes not on a qualifying team will be automatic qualifiers to the national meet. All individual automatic qualifiers must finish in the top 25 within their region.

    At-large teams will be selected by the NCAA on Sunday, Nov. 11.

    Sophomore Sarah Pease paced the Indiana women's cross country squad to a ninth place finish (280 pts.) at the 2007 Big Ten Cross Country Championships, hosted by Ohio State on the Buckeyes' Golf Course on Sunday, Oct. 28.

    Pease placed 32nd overall in the women's 6K with a personal-best time of 21:07.86. Sophomore Caity Lauer crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 22:15.99 to finish 68th overall. Freshman Natalie Goolik placed 73rd with a personal-best time of 22:23.68. Junior Kristina Trcka followed Goolik in 74th with a time of 22:24.87. Senior Lauren Keefe clocked a personal-best time of 22:44.54 to finish 81st to round out the Hoosier top-five.

    Sophomore Jenny Kulow rounded out the Hoosier top-five in 85th place with a time of 22:58.52. Senior Maura Ratcliff finished in 87th place with a time of 23:09.09 and classmate Kristin Whitezell clocked a time of 23:16.61 to finish 89th.

    Minnesota won the women's title with a team score of 72 points. Michigan State scored 73 points to take second, Michigan placed third with 90 points, Illinois took fourth with 95 points and Iowa complete the top five with 103 points.

    Jessica Gall and Lindsay Hattendorf each qualified for a spot at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships with their respective performances at the 2006 Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

    Gall, a two-time All-American, and Hattendorf became the first two women in IU cross country history to earn at spot at nationals in each of their four years of competition. Gall placed fifth overall with a time of 21:03.26 in the 6K, while Hattendorf followed in 10th with a time of 21:12.16 to lead the Hoosiers to a seventh place finish with a team score of 159 points among the field of 30 teams.

    Wendi Robinson finished 20th in 21:52.34, Kellee Lemcke finished 53rd overall in a career best 22:37.06, and Ashley Sommer rounded out Indiana's top-five with a time of 22:59.50 to finish 76th overall. Stephanie Greer finished 82nd overall with a time of 23:04.38 and Kristina Trcka placed 83rd overall with a time of 23:05.01.

    Sophomore Sarah Pease clocked a personal-best time of 21:07.86 for 32nd place overall to the Hoosiers at the 2007 Big Ten Championships.

    Pease was also selected as a Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. She is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the academic year.

    Ron Helmer was named the Indiana Director and Head Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field on May 25, 2007. Helmer served in the same capacity at Georgetown University the last eight years.

    Helmer was promoted to director in July 1999 after serving as associate head coach with the Hoyas for seven seasons and assistant coach for the five years prior. During his tenure, 120 of his student-athletes earned a total of 342 All-American recognitions, including 41 student-athletes receiving 96 certificates since becoming director in 1999. In addition, 219 student-athletes captured BIG EAST individual titles, including 67 since the start of the 1999-00 academic year.



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