Nov. 8, 2005
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind - After a strong fourth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships, Indiana will stay home for the Great Lakes Regionals. In the past five seasons, IU has finished fourth four times, including the last three seasons. Each of the past three years, that fourth-place finish has been enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Each year, there are 31 teams selected to participate in the NCAA Championships. 18 of those teams are automatic bids given to the top-two teams in each regional. The final 13 spots are at-large bids determined by the Track and Field Committee.
TWO HOOSIERS EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Junior All-American Jessica Gall and junior Lindsay Hattendorf both earned second team All-Big Ten honors at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Gall finished in ninth place overall and was the top finisher for the Hoosiers. This is Gall's second All-Big Ten honor after taking third place at Big Tens last season. Hattendorf took 10th place, only .75 seconds behind Gall earning her first All-Big Ten distinction.
INDIANA TAKES 4TH AT BIG TENS
In the final tune-up before the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12, the Indiana women's cross country team hit its stride on Oct. 30 and took fourth place with 128 points at the Big Ten Championships.
Led by junior All-American Jessica Gall, who recorded a dazzling time of 21:30.14, the Hoosiers improved upon their 15th-place effort posted at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24 at the same facility. Meanwhile, junior Lindsay Hattendorf (21:30.89) finished less than a second behind to place 10th overall.
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 has finished first for the Hoosiers in every race she has 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, 40th at the Pre-NCAAs and ninth overall at the Big Ten Championships.
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 and the Big Ten Championships. IU also has had trips in-state to South Bend for the Notre Dame Invitatonal, and Terre Haute for the Pre-NCAAs.
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).
Up Next is the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov, 21.