Nov. 10, 2006
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INDIANA HOSTS BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indiana heads to the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, hosted by Bowling Green State on the Forrest Creason Golf Course in Bowling Green, Ohio. Top qualifying teams and individuals will advance to the 2006 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 20. Last season, Indiana placed seventh with a team score of 219 on the IU Cross Country Course. Seniors Jessica Gall and Lindsay Hattendorf placed high enough to earn bids to NCAA Championships. Gall placed fifth overall with a time of 21:16.9, while Hattendorf finished 8th with a time of 21:19.2.
GALL LEADS INDIANA AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Paced by senior All-American Jessica Gall's 10th-place effort, Indiana amassed 158 points to finish seventh as a team at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships at the IU Cross Country Championship Course on Sunday, Oct. 29. Gall posted a time of 21:01 over the 6,000-meter course en route to earning a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team. The fifth-year senior's time was one second faster than her previous best 6K Big Ten time, which she set in 2004. Fellow fifth-year senior Lindsay Hattendorf finished second for the Hoosiers, posting a time of 21:20, also a career-best in the Big Ten Championship on a 6K course. Sophomore Wendi Robinson finished third for IU, and 29th overall, turning in a time of 21:59, nearly 19 seconds faster than her time at the 2005 league summit. Freshman Kellee Lemcke was Indiana's fourth runner to cross the finish line, as she completed the course in 22:40 to finish 49th overall. Sophomore Kristina Trcka capped the Hoosiers' scoring with a 58th-place finish in 22:53.
GALL EARNS BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP HONOR
Senior Jessica Gall earned Big Ten Sportsmanship honors for cross country announced by the league on Nov. 2. Gall, one of 21 cross country student-athletes that were honored by the Big Ten, is now a candidate
for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year. Gall, a two-time All-American, paced Indiana for a fifth consecutive race and finished 10th overall with a time of 21:01 in the 6K at Big Ten Championships. Her effort garnered her second team All-Big Ten honors. Gall and the rest of the Hoosiers will be back in action next weekend when they travel to the Great Lakes Regional in Bowling Green, Ohio on Nov. 11.
GALL PACES HOOSIERS IN FIVE STRAIGHT RACES
Jessica Gall has been the leader of Indiana's pack in four consecutive races this season. Gall finished second at the second at the IU Open. She recorded her first individual meet title of the season at Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 15 and placed 11th at the inaugural Bill Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 29. Gall placed seventh at the Pre-Nationals on Oct. 14, and finished 10th with a time of 21:01 at Big Ten Championships on Oct. 29.
HOOSIERS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE INTERCOLLEGIATES
This season's Indiana Intercollegiates win marked IU's fourth straight title in the annual meet under head coach Judy Wilson. The Hoosiers' win this year also marked the second-lowest team score (38 points) among IU's current streak. In 2003, Indiana took the title with a team score of 36 points, while the Hoosiers scored 45 points in 2004 and 63 in 2005.
GALL LEADS HOOSIER PACK AT INDIANA OPEN
Finishing first for the Hoosiers and second overall at IU's second home meet of the season was senior All-American Jessica Gall with a time of 17:40 for the 5K race. Gall's time tied her career best and was the sixth-fastest time on the IU course. Rounding out the top 10 for IU at the Indiana Open were senior Lindsay Hattendorf (18:10, 5th) and sophomore Wendi Robinson (18:18, 7th).
BIG TEN CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
During the 2006-07 season, the Big Ten will celebrate the conference's 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships. From Aug. 15, 2006, to July 2007, the conference will be sharing some of the many stories of student-athletes, teams, coaches and administrators who have made the past 25 years a success and have set the stage for "the story to continue." Information about the campaign can be found on the official conference Web site - www.bigten.org.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
Following the Hoosiers trip to Bowling Green, Ohio, for the Great Lakes Regional Championships, IU will head to the 2006 NCAA Championships held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 20.
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA'S
Collegiate teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships based on their team finishes in their regional held Sat., Nov. 11. The top two men's and women's teams from each of the nation's nine regions and top four individuals from non-qualifying teams in each regional automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Mon., Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind., at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Besides the automatic qualifiers, another 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be added to the 31-team, 255-runner men's and women's fields on the evening of Sun., Nov. 12, by the NCAA Championships selection committee. At-large team selection criteria (in order of priority) is based on teams' regional placings, number of wins against fellow NCAA team qualifiers, head-to-head records against other potential NCAA qualifiers, and records against common opponents.