Women's Cross Country

    Hoosiers Look to Advance Through Great Lakes Regional

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Chelsea Blanchard
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Chelsea Blanchard
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 11, 2010

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    Indiana continues the postseason this weekend at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Rochester, Mich. The meet will take place on the Kate Cousins Golf Course and is being hosted by Oakland University. The women's 6K is slated for a noon start and the men's 10K will follow at 1:15 pm. The top 25 finishers in each race will earn USTFCCCA All-Region honors, and the top two teams in each race will earn automatic bids into the NCAA Championships. The top three finishers from non-advancing teams will also earn a spot in the national meet.

    The Indiana women advanced through the regional with a fourth-place finish a year ago. The Indiana men did not fare as well, advancing only Andrew Poore. The IU men will look to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2007. The IU men haven't earned a top-two finish at the regional since 1987. The Indiana men have won the regional on two occasions, in consecutive years in 1979 and 1980.

    The women will look to advance to NCAAs for the eighth time in program history. They will look to place in the top two at the regional for the first time since winning the second of two-straight regional titles in 1990, the only regional team titles in program history.

    ATTEND THE MEET VIA TWITTER
    If you can't make it to Rochester this weekend, no worries! You can catch all the action via live updates at Twitter.com/KJatIU. Assistant media relations director Kyle Johnson will be tweeting updates throughout the day. Stay tuned to Twitter.com/KJatIU for photos, videos and race updates.

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Indiana men's cross country team posted its best Big Ten finish since 2004 at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on Sunday, Oct. 31. The team took second, led by a second-place finish from sophomore Andy Bayer. The women improved from seventh in 2009 to fifth in 2010 with Sarah Pease leading the way in fifth place. Sophomore Zach Mayhew earned second team All-Big Ten honors with 11th place. The IU men finished second to Wisconsin. The IU men had a score of 75 and the women scored 117.

    Bayer took the lead with 250 meters to go and would have taken the win if the course were a foot shorter. Landon Peacock of Wisconsin out-leaned Bayer at the line to win by 0.5 seconds. Bayer finished in 23:41.3. He is the best Hoosier finisher since Bob Kennedy won the meet in 1992. Mayhew was the second Hoosier to cross the line, claiming his second All-Big Ten honors in as many years. He finished 11th in 24:01. Ben Hubers narrowly missed out on All-Big Ten accolades, taking 15th in 24:09. Andrew Poore joined Bayer, Mayhew and Hubers in the top 20, taking 18th in 24:11. De'Sean Turner rounded out the Hoosier top five in 29th (24:31).

    Pease took fifth for first team All-Big Ten honors after earning second team accolades a year ago. Pease finished in 20:24, which was just three seconds out of fourth. Chelsea Blanchard was the second Hoosier to cross the line, recovering from an early fall in the race to finish one spot out of All-Big Ten honors with 15th. Blanchard finished in 20:49.

    BAYER IS RUNNER-UP AT BIG TENS
    The Indiana men's cross country team posted its best Big Ten finish since 2004 at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on Sunday, Oct. 31. The team took second, led by a second-place finish from sophomore Andy Bayer. The women improved from seventh a year ago to fifth in 2010 with Sarah Pease leading the way in fifth place. Sophomore Zach Mayhew earned second team All-Big Ten honors with 11th place. The IU men finished second to Wisconsin, marking the 12th-straight win by the Badgers. The IU men finished with a score of 75 and the women scored 117.

    Bayer took the lead with 250 meters to go and would have taken the win if the course were a foot shorter. Landon Peacock of Wisconsin out-leaned Bayer at the line to win by 0.5 seconds. Bayer finished in 23:41.3. He is the best Hoosier finisher since Bob Kennedy won the meet in 1992. Zach Mayhew was the second Hoosier to cross the line, claiming his second All-Big Ten honors in as many years. He finished 11th in 24:01. Ben Hubers narrowly missed out on All-Big Ten accolades, taking 15th in 24:09.

    Andrew Poore joined Bayer, Mayhew and Hubers in the top 20, taking 18th in 24:11. De'Sean Turner rounded out the Hoosier top five in 29th place (24:31).

    Pease took fifth for first team All-Big Ten honors after earning second team accolades a year ago. Pease finished in 20:24, which was just three seconds out of fourth. Chelsea Blanchard was the second Hoosier to cross the line, recovering from an early fall in the race to finish one spot out of All-Big Ten honors with 15th. Blanchard finished in 20:49.

    IU's top eight finishers were all in the top 40. Lyndsey Wall was the third Hoosier in 21:04 for 29th, Samantha Ginther was 32nd in 21:09 and Kelsey Duerksen was 36th in 21:15 to round out the top five. Caitlin Engel was 37th in 21:16, Erica Ridderman was 38th in 21:17 and Helene DeLone was 39th in 21:20.

    HOOSIERS ARE BIG TEN RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
    Ben Hubers and Sarah Pease have been named the Big Ten Runners of the Week, the conference announced. Pease took the win and Hubers finished eighth, as both runners led their teams to second place at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, Oct. 16. This is the third time a Hoosier man and woman have won weekly conference honors in the same week and the first time since Andy Bayer and Wendi Robinson were both honored after their performances at the Paul Short Run in 2009.

    Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said Pease and Hubers both executed their race plans well and helped the team achieve at a high level.

    "Sarah and Ben both ran very well in Arkansas," said Helmer. "It was great to see our teams run with some of the best teams in the nation, and they led the way."

    HOOSIERS MOVE INTO NATIONAL TOP-10
    Indiana cross country made a bold statement at the adidas Invitational on Sat., Oct. 2, and the nation took notice. The Hoosier men were ranked seventh in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings for cross country, the coaches association announced on Oct. 4. It is the first top-10 ranking for a Hoosier team in cross country since November 2, 2004. The Indiana women moved into the top 30 for the first time this season at No. 24.

    Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said the Hoosiers were where they feel they belong, but now they must prove they deserve to stay there.

    "We had a good weekend and showed that we have a talented group of student-athletes on our men's and women's teams," said Helmer. "Now, we need to continue our training and perform at our best when it really counts, during the championship season."

    HOOSIER INVITE WRAPS UP SEASON
    Arianne Raby took the win in the women's 5K at the Hoosier Invitational. She was followed in by Breanne Ehrman in second, Chelsea Bolton in fourth and Ashley Baker in fifth. Danny Stockberger paced IU in the men's 8K, taking third. He was followed in by Yoshi Shimizu in fifth and Ben Bizuneh in seventh.

    Raby finished in 18:37.55 for the win. Ehrman was right behind in 18:59.65. Stockberger clocked a time of 25:25.26. Shimizu crossed the line in 25:35.37 and Bizuneh was done in 25:52.32.

    PEASE TAKES CHILE PEPPER CROWN
    Indiana cross country continued a strong season with a good showing at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. Sarah Pease led the way, taking the individual title by 10 seconds. The men's and women's teams both took second place at the festival, each behind only Oklahoma State. The Indiana men knocked off the sixth-ranked team in the country and finished behind only the No. 2 Cowboys, who are the defending NCAA champs.

    Pease led the Indiana women's team to second, taking the individual title in the process. She finished in 16:39.42 for a 10 second win. The Hoosiers had a score of 72, finishing second to No. 28 Oklahoma State's 68. Pease was joined by Chelsea Blanchard and Samantha Ginther in the top 10, as Blanchard took eighth in 17:07.56 and Ginther was 10th in 17:15.59.

    The No. 7 Indiana men took second, to defending NCAA Champion and No. 2 Oklahoma State. The Hoosiers finished with a score of 73, bettering No. 6 Arkansas by a point. Indiana was led by Ben Hubers in 8th and Andrew Poore in 9th. Hubers and Poore finished in 29:39.30 and 29.39.58 respectively.

    Indiana had five men in the top 25 of the 407-participant race. Zach Mayhew was 19th in 30:02.22 and Andy Bayer was 20th in 30:02.95. De'Sean Turner rounded out the top five in 23rd (30:13.33).

    Indiana's top-five in the women's race was rounded out by Kelsey Duerksen in 26th (17:30.54) and Erica Ridderman in 31st (17:44.75).

    BAYER IS BIG TEN'S RUNNER OF THE WEEK
    Andy Bayer was the Big Ten Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 2, the conference announced. Bayer finished second at the adidas Invitational on Sat., Oct. 2. He led Indiana to an impressive victory over a highly-ranked field of teams, which led to Indiana ascending to No. 7 in the national rankings this week. Bayer wins his second career weekly honor for cross country.

    Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said Bayer is very deserving and led the Hoosiers in an impressive team effort.

    "We had a great team performance on the men's side," said Helmer. "Andy led the way for us and is very deserving of this award. It is exciting to be around the group of talented student-athletes we have on this team."

    IU OWNS THE INDIANA INTERCOLLEGIATE
    Indiana cross country passed its first real test of the 2010 season, winning the men's and women's championships at the Indiana Intercollegiate with first- and second-place finishes in both races. Juniors Chelsea Blanchard and Ben Hubers both took wins with sophomores Samantha Ginther and Zach Mayhew each taking second-place finishes. The IU women won with an impressive score of 26, and the men posted a winning score of 37. Both teams repeat as champions of the meet, with the IU men claiming bragging rights for the third-straight year.

    Blanchard made her move with a kilometer left on the 5K course leaving her competition behind to finish 4.5 seconds ahead of the field in 17:37.8. Ginther outkicked Ball State's Ali Bishel in the last 100m for a .4 second advantage in 17:42.3. Three more Hoosiers finished in the top 10, Caitlin Engel (6th, 17:54.8), Kelsey Duerksen (8th, 17:57.9) and Erica Ridderman (17:58.2). All nine Hoosiers finished in the top 18 spots of a race with 179 finishers.

    Hubers led the Hoosier charge for the second-straight meet, finishing in 24:33.7. Mayhew was close behind in 24:36.9. The two Hoosiers were more than 10 seconds better than the rest of the field. Andy Weatherford took seventh in 24:55.2 and Nate Morrow was ninth in 25:03.7. Ben Bizuneh wrapped up the IU top five in 18th (25:36.8). Three more Hoosiers finished in the top 25 out of 185 finishers.

    HOOSIERS ROLL IN SEASON OPENER
    Indiana cross country opened the 2010 season with the Indiana Open. Sarah Pease won the women's race and IU legend Sean Jefferson took the men's race. Ben Hubers was the first collegian to cross the line, along with five of his teammates who were all across the line within the next 2.13 seconds.

    Pease ran the first 2K of the 5K course at a planned slower-than-normal pace before racing to the finish. She was in eighth place at the 2K mark, yet finished the race in first by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 18:12.86. Chelsea Blanchard took second in 18:22.11 and Samantha Ginther was third in 18:29.47 as Hoosiers claimed the top 10 spots.

    Jefferson, now a professional triathlete, took the win in 25:17.99. Hubers ran a "handicapped" race much like Pease. The Marietta, Ga., native and teammates Andy Bayer, Andrew Poore, De'Sean Turner and Zach Mayhew all ran a planned pace for the first three miles of the 8K course. Hubers finished in 25:30.5 for the collegiate title and was immediately followed in by Bayer in 25:30.83, Poore in 25:31.16, Turner in 25:31.69, Nate Morrow in 25:32.18 and Mayhew in 25:32.63. Andy Weatherford was ninth in 25:38.39, wrapping up the Hoosier top seven.

    The women's top seven was rounded out by Kelsey Duerksen (fourth, 18:36.88), Erica Ridderman (fifth, 18:40.69), Caitlin Engel (sixth, 18:48.21) and Lyndsey Wall (seventh, 18:51.35).

     

     

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