Hoosiers Earn NCAA Bid (11/14/04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ----- After strong performances at the NCAA Regional on Nov. 13, the men's and women's cross country teams received at-large bids to the 2004 Division I NCAA Cross Country Championship.
The No. 27-ranked women's team is coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional held in Ypsilanti, Mich., on the campus of Eastern Michigan. Three Hoosiers earned all-region honors led by sophomore Jessica Gall who placed 7th overall in 20:16.2. Sophomore Kristin Whitezell finished 17th with a time of 20:51, while junior Kelly Siefker also earned the award, placing 20th in 20:55.5.
The 10th-ranked men's team also competed well, taking home fifth place in the Regional. Sean Jefferson placed second overall (30:14.3) and twin brother John Jefferson placed fifth (30:24.3) to garner all-region honors. Out of the 29 teams in the Regional, Indiana was the only squad to have two individuals place in the top five.
Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large.
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