November 14, 2000
Hoosiers and Hammond to Represent IU at NCAA Championships
Site: Ames, Iowa (Iowa State course) Host: Iowa State Time: W6K-11a.m./M10K-12:15p.m. EST
NCAA Championships Review
The 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held on Ames, Iowa on the Iowa State University cross country course on Monday, November 20th. The women's 6K kicks off at 11:00 a.m. followed by the men's 10K stampede at 12:15 p.m.
The course is located on Mortensen Road between Hyland Avenue and State Street. To get to the course from Interstate 35 at U.S. Highway 30 (Exit 111B), heading west. Travel west on U.S. Highway 30, turning off on the Elwood Drive exit (Exit 146) also marked as ISU Center exit. Stay to the right heading north on Elwood Drive getting over immediately into the left turning lane at the first light. Turn left at the first top light onto Mortensen Parkway. Follow Mortensen Parkway to ISU Towers Complex and ISU cross country complex.
Although admission to the race is free, there will be a $5 general admission parking fee per vehicle for all spectators. Spectator parking is located east of the Towers residence halls and west of the ISU cross country course. For further information such as hotel numbers and media credential contacts, visit the Iowa State Athletics web site at http://cyclones.fansonly.com
Proving in the Polls
On Monday, the IU men's cross country team will miss classes to perform a different type of schooling: to prove that the Indiana cross country program is one of the best in the nation. Sophomore Allyson Hammond of the women's squad will do the same in an attempt to prove that she is one of the top individuals in the nation after she qualified for the championships with her 4th place regional finish.
Although the men have had seven individual NCAA Championships qualifiers in the past twelve years (the most recent being Tom Chorny, who earned All-American honors on his home course in 1999), Indiana's recent selection to compete at the championships marks the first team qualification in 13 years. On the women's side, sophomore Allyson Hammond's individual qualification marks the first time a women's team member has been selected in 10 years.
The 2000 men's cross country season has been one of Indiana's most exciting in years. It went from the men winning the first scored meet of the year (Indiana Intercollegiates) to taking 17th at both the Roy Griak Invite and Pre-NCAA's, grabbing 5th at Notre Dame, claiming 2nd at Big Tens, and qualifying for the championships for their 4th place finish at the Great Lakes Regional. Guided by Big Ten Coach of the Year Robert Chapman and driven by a group of both experienced and young prodigies, the men's team has been ranked as high as 15th (following the weekend of 10/29) in the national polls.
Yet, the men are out to complete their season. Senior Dan Billish says, "Things haven't really sunk in with us yet. We aren't looking at our qualification as a cause for celebration. It is like Coach Chapman tells us, `Rankings don't matter. You could step to the line at the championships ranked number one in the country, but if you don't put it together in the race, then it doesn't mean a thing.'"
The men head into the championships ranked 22nd in the country. Perhaps on Monday, the men's team will not race to prove the polls right, but instead seek to prove the polls wrong.
Racing for Results
Complete race results will be made available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu or at http://cyclones.fansonly.com or at www.ncaachampionships.com
In viewing the Indiana website, results can be printed out by choosing the Men's and/or Women's Cross Country link(s) from the main menu. For more information contact Brooke Nash at (812) 855-9399 or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2000 Men's National Rankings
MONDO Men's National Poll released Nov. 14th:
1. Colorado (11)
2. Stanford (3)
3. Arkansas (1)
4. Providence (1)
7. Brigham Young
9. N. Arizona
10. Iona College
11. Oklahoma State
12. William and Mary
13. Eastern Michigan
15. N. Carolina State
16. Weber State
18. Notre Dame
21. Colorado State
23. Cal Poly SLO
24. Arizona State
Also receiving votes: St. Francis, Missouri, Penn State, S. Florida, Texas, Air Force, Minnesota, and Ohio State
Head of the Hoosiers
Dr. Robert Chapman begins his third season as Head Men's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. In two seasons, the Hoosiers have jumped eight spots in the Big Ten standings and qualified for the NCAA championships for the first time since 1987. Following Big Tens, Chapman was voted 2000 Big Ten Coach of the Year. The Hoosiers of 2000 are healthy, strong, and mentally sound and it shows as four of the five regional scorers ran career best 10K times and 11 of the 21 on the roster have run career best 8K times this season.
Judy Bogenschutz also begins her third season as Head Women's Cross Country Coach at Indiana University. In the fall of 1999, Bogenschutz led the squad to it's making the largest single improvement by any team at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship since 1994 and in 2000, her team had their highest regional finish (4th) since 1990. A handful of her distance runners were factors in the Indiana Women's Track and Field team's undefeated 2000 seasons and Indoor and Outdoor Big Ten Championship team titles. Nine of the 15 athletes on the roster have run their fastest career 5K times this season and six of the seven regional competitors ran career best 6K times, including NCAA qualifier Allyson Hammond.
Men's Coach Dr. Robert Chapman: "Up to this point, we have done everything that we needed to do. I have never been around a group of guys that is more physically and mentally prepared as this 2000 team is. Yet, we now have to finish our season by going out and achieving the objective we set out for ourselves this summer and proving what we have believed each time that we have set foot at a practice or competition: that Indiana has one of the top cross country programs in the nation."
Women's Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "Coming into the season, I had very high expectations for Allyson based on last year's season, but we never talked about it. We just kind of left it out there. I allowed her to find her own way because she is very good at seeing the big picture. She has great faith in what we do here and we believe that she will continue to surprise herself."
Hammond an Individual in More Ways Than One
Sophomore Allyson Hammond came off an amazing performance at the Big Ten Championships where she became Indiana's second All-Big Ten athlete in two seasons for her fifth place finish with a 5K time of 17:32 to take fourth at the Great Lakes Regional with a 6K time of 20:55.8. Adding her Big Ten performance and her regional placing together, in the past two races, Hammond has run career bests at both the 5K and 6K distances. In the three most recent meets (Pre-NCAA's, Big Tens, and regionals), she has been Indiana's leader. Hammond competed on the Ames course in mid-October and took 81st with a 6K time of 22:27.4 and since then has has cut one minute and 32 seconds from that time.
Indiana Men Looking to Ace in Ames
The Indiana men's cross country team has momentum from their two most recent performances, in which they took second at the Big Tens (highest finish in 20 years) and fourth at the regionals (highest finish in 13 years). They hope to finish higher than their ranking of 22nd heading into the NCAA championships. To view the 31 teams and 38 individuals who qualified for the 2000 competition, visit www.ncaachampionships.com and view the men's cross country Division I release. 1999 men's team results are as follows:
3. N.C. State
8. Notre Dame
12. N. Arizona
13. William and Mary
14. Arizona State
16. Oklahoma State
18. Weber State
21. Southern Utah
22. Texas A&M
25. South Florida
27. James Madison
29. Cal Poly
30. Brigham Young
In every scored cross country meet this season, senior Aaron Gillen has been the top finisher for the Hoosiers. His most recent performance was his best. In that performance, Gillen took sixth at the Great Lakes Regional and ran a career best 10K in 31:08.0. That time is a 45 second improvement from his previous best also set this season at Pre-NCAA's (31:53.5). In the past two meets (Big Tens and regionals), Gillen has run career bests in both the 8K and 10K distance range. This will be Gillen's first NCAA championships competition, but he is no stranger to the top pack and will seek to go out All-American style.
Senior Tom Brooks has been battling tendonitis in his ankle throughout the 2000 season and has not competed since the Roy Griak Invitational in late September. There, Brooks was the fifth man for the Hoosiers with his second-best career 8K time of 25:55. Since that time, Brooks has been healing while gaining confidence in workouts so that he is ready at the exact point that he will be needed. Brooks' top 10K time heading into the championships was run at the `99 regionals (33:49.3).
Eek! It's Ekman
For the first time this season, senior Chris Ekman was healthy at the 2000 Big Ten Championships and it showed in his 30th place/fifth-for-team finish with an 8K time of 25:09. That most recent performance marked his career best at the 8K distance. Feeling confident that the 2000 season will be one of his first injury-free cross country seasons, Ekman should be ready to break out at nationals.
Power Inside Powers
Sophomore Chris Powers has been either the second or third finisher for the Hoosiers in each of the six scored meets that they have competed in this season. Not only that, but at both the 10K and 8K distance this season, Powers has run the best times of his career. His top times this season include his 8K time of 24:47 at the Notre Dame Invitational and his time of 24:51 at the same distance in the Big Ten Championship where he took 17th overall. At the 10K level, Powers ran a 31:59.9 at the Great Lakes Regional. Powers has run on the Ames course at Pre-NCAA's and took 77th with a 10K time of 32:14.5 at the Pre-NCAA meet.
Sophomore Chad Andrews took 11th at the Big Ten Championships with a career best 8K time of 24:39, which earned him Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Most recently, he finished 12th and second for his team at the regionals with a 10K time of 31:31.7. This sets him in the trend that a majority of his teammates have followed this season, in which in the past two races, he has run career bests at both the 8K and 10K distances. Andrews began the season in the second position for his team when he paced with teammate Aaron Gillen at the Indiana Intercollegiates 8K to take fifth behind Gillen's fourth. During the following week, however, sickness held Andrews back in the Roy Griak Invitational. As he recovered and worked his way back into the top of the pack, Andrews still managed to top all 1999 8K times as well as his 2000 Intercollegiates time with a 25:19 at the Notre Dame Invite. Two weeks after the Griak meet at the 10K range, Andrews was third for his team with a 32:18.1 at Pre-NCAA's. Now, he is back in the top pack and looks to be there for his team at nationals.
Bart On the Charts
In all seven meets this year, sophomore/freshman Bart Phariss has come off of a 1999 redshirt season to run in the top five for the Hoosiers. In the span of the 2000 season, Phariss has gone from running a 25:41.54 8K in the first scored meet of the season (Indiana Intercollegiates) to running his most recent 8K time of 24:55 at the Big Ten Championship where he took 20th. In between that time, he posted his career best at the 8K distance with his 24:52 at the Notre Dame Invitational. Heading into the national meet, Phariss gained experience on the Ames 10K course when he ran a 32:21.5 to take fourth among his teammates at the Pre-NCAA's. His most recent 10K time came at the Great Lakes regional where he finished fifth for his team in 32:54.7.
In four meets this season (Indiana Intercollegiates, the Roy Griak Invitational, the Notre Dame Invitational, and regionals), sophomore/freshman Jeff Zeha has been the fourth finisher for his team. His personal bests at the 8K distance include his 25:14 at the Notre Dame Invite and his 25:21 at the Big Ten Championship where he took 37th overall. At Pre-NCAA's, Zeha got a feel for the Ames course and tasted the competitive environment as he was the sixth IU runner to cross the line at Pre-NCAA's with a time of 33:46.8. Zeha's most recent 10K at the Great Lakes qualifier was his best (32:10.5).
Out of the Gate Nate
Sophomore/freshman Nathan Purcell suffered a mid-summer injury, which set him back early in the season. Gradually, Purcell has worked his way back into the main pack for his team. His performance at the Big Ten Championship was his best 8K posted this season and, thus, his career best. At the Big Ten Championship, Purcell was right with teammate Jeff Zeha and was the seventh finisher for his team with a time of 25:23 (38th overall and 2 seconds behind Zeha). That time is one minute and seven seconds faster than his time at the first scored meet of the season (Indiana Intercollegiates). As he was getting stronger, Purcell was able to run a 10K on the championships course in the Pre-NCAA "B" race where he took 11th out of 118 with a time of 32:53.6. Most recently, Purcell was sixth for his team at the Great Lakes Regional where he ran a 10K of 33:05.6 to take 77th overall.