Hoosiers Pull Together and Set Promises for the Future
Indiana Women's Cross Country Team Pulls Together for Highest Regional Finish Since 1990
Hammond First Team All-Big Ten, National Automatic Qualifier, and Top-50 Finisher at NCAA Championships
Memo on the Memories
The sport of women's cross country underwent change in the 2000 season. The NCAA Championships distance was lengthened from 5K to 6K. Yet, the Indiana women's cross country team displayed their adaptability and brought about a few changes of their own.
Six returning athletes (excluding freshman redshirts) ran career best times at the 4K level while five of six did the same at the 5K distance, the team posted their highest regional finish in a decade, and cheered on their first NCAA individual qualifier since 1990 to a top-50 finish at the national championships in Ames, Iowa.
Although the Hoosiers will lose the strength of Courtney Bell, every Big Ten, Pre-NCAA, and Regional scorer will return for the 2001 season. Furthermore, a strong section of youth will be `pushing the envelope' towards NCAA team qualification.
Up-to-Date or Death
Keep track of signees and other breaking news to keep you calm as you await the 2001 cross country season and follow some of your favorite Hoosiers into the spring track seasons by visiting the Indiana Athletics web site at www.athletics.indiana.edu
Choose either the Women's Cross Country or Women's Track and Field link.
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Head of the Hoosiers
As a former cross country and track athlete at IU, head women's cross country coach Judy Bogenschutz is proud to see her team breaking records and creeping towards NCAA team qualification. Bogenschutz was a member of the Hoosier squads of the mid-1980's when Indiana was one of the nation's elite programs.
In her short tenure she has helped bring Indiana back into the national spotlight. Last year saw the Hoosiers make the single largest improvement by any team at the Big Ten Championship since 1994. Indiana moved up five spots in the standings for their best finish since 1990. From 1999-2000,with their fourth place showing this season, the women have also posted their best NCAA Regional finishes since the 1990 season and jumped 16 spots among Great Lakes competitors. Bogenschutz also coached sophomore Allyson Hammond to NCAA qualification, giving Indiana its first championships qualifier in a decade.
Bogenschutz ran with the likes of Colette Goudreau, Kim Betz, and Michelle Dekkers during her time as a Hoosier and still owns one of the fastest Hoosier times on the IU course (4th) and ranks in the top five in Indiana history in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Upon completing eligibility, Bogenschutz became the head coach for girl's cross country and track & field teams and boy's distance track at Bloomington South High School for two years where she obtained 1989 Regional Coach of the Year honors. During this time, Bogenschutz also received a bachelor of science in Exercise Science/Physical Education from IU. She later earned a masters in Athletic Administration. Bogenschutz has earned Level 1 and Level 2 USAT&F Coaching Education Certification and is currently pursuing her Level 3 certification.
In 1989, Bogenschutz was second in the 3K at TAC Nationals, won the Indianapolis 500 Half Marathon (1:17.59) and set a record time in winning the half-marathon event at the Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City (1:16.43). The following year, she captured 10th place at the 1990 U.S. Cross Country Trials.
The year 1990 also marked Bogenschutz's first collegiate coaching position as assistant men's and women's cross country and track & field coach at the University of South Florida. She helped lead the team to a Sun Belt Conference title that year and Bogenschutz was voted Sun Belt Conference Co Coach of the Year.
Bogenschutz then returned to her home state and served as head coach and program coordinator for men's and women's cross country and track & field at DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.) from 1992-1996.
She earned ICAC Coach of the Year after leading the women's track & field team to the conference crown in 1995.
Bogenschutz then took an assistant coaching position at the University of Connecticut from 1996-98. She coached national qualifiers in cross country and in the 5,000 and 10,000m in track.
The fall of 1998 marked Bogenschutz's return to Indiana.
Over the course of the 1999-2000 season, Bogenschutz's philosophy of individualized training has paid off as every athlete set a personal best in cross country, and 11 of the 14 distance runners set personal bests in track.
Women's Coach Judy Bogenschutz: "At the end of the season, the girls had realized that what I had been telling them all season was true, which was that our team belongs at the top of the Big Ten, the region, and in the NCAA Championships. Many of them saw Allyson [Hammond] run in Ames and they want to be there in 2001. We have the talent. Now we just need to hang onto that mentality from start to finish."
For the women, the criteria for earning a letter involved finishing in the top seven for half of the meets or running in the top five at either the Big Ten or Great Lakes Regional meet.
1. Courtney Bell (Sr.)-1999, 00
2. Erin Womble (Jr.)-1998, 99, 00
3. Stephanie Magley (Jr.)-1998, 99, 00
4. Amanda Bell (So.)-1999, 00
5. Allyson Hammond (So.)-1999, 00
6. Whitney Bevins (So.)-2000
7. Lauren Weddell (So./Fr.)-2000
8. Heidi Crowley (Fr.)-2000
9. Becky Obrecht (Fr.)-2000
10. Audrey Giesler (Fr.)-2000
Sistas With Smarts
Five women's cross country athletes received Academic All-Big Ten honors this fall: Amanda Bell (So./Dietetics), Whitney Bevins (So./Dietetics), Megan Glover (So./Marketing), Allyson Hammond (So./Biology), and Stephanie Magley (Jr./Marketing/Entrepreneurship).
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their academic institution and carry a career grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Hammond an All-Big Ten Hoosier
Sophomore Allyson Hammond peaked at the right time. With the Big Ten Championship preceding the Great Lakes Regional, Hammond posted her top 5K of the season by over 30 seconds (17:32 compared to her time of 18:05 at Notre Dame). She took fifth to earn First Team All-Big Ten accolades. She is the second Hoosier in two consecutive seasons to receive the recognition (Sophomore Amanda Bell-1999).
The Hoosiers gave their all in 2000 and reeled in impressive performances:
Returners Breaking Records
Evidence that the Hoosiers are improving is evident in the fact that five of six returners (non-freshman/non-freshman redshirts) ran career bests at the 4K distance while four of six did the same at the 5K distance.
Returning Record Breakers/Previous Career Best (Excluding 2000)
Allyson Hammond-14:57.02 (2000 Sam Bell Inv.)/15:05.3 (1999 Indiana Open)
Amanda Bell-14:36.40 (2000 Sam Bell Inv.)/14:55.1 (1999 Indiana Open)
Whitney Bevins-16:10.47 (2000 Sam Bell Inv.)/16:46.4 (1999 Indiana Open)
Stephanie Magley-15:31.77 (2000 Sam Bell Inv.)/15:46.5 (1999 Indiana Open)
Erin Womble-15:58.86 (2000 Sam Bell Inv.)/15:34.7 (1999 Indiana Open)
Returning Record Breakers/Previous Career Best (Excluding 2000)
Allyson Hammond-17:32 (2000 Big Tens)/17:45.6 (1999 Regionals)
Whitney Bevins-18:53 (2000 Big Tens)/20:21 (1999 Intercollegiates)
Stephanie Magley-18:19 (2000 Big Tens)/18:54.64 (1999 Big Tens)
Erin Womble-18:21 (2000 Big Tens)/18:52.5 (1999 Big Tens)
The women ignored the Great Lakes Regional poll by finishing fourth in the end despite being ranked only as high as eighth. In the beginning of October, a computerized national poll known as the Demetra Poll recognized the Hoosiers as having a shot.
Women's Great Lakes Region 2000 Rankings:
9/27: Indiana (8th)
10/31: Indiana (9th)
*Other than the Sept. 27 ranking, the Hoosiers remained 9th in Great Lakes ranking
Indiana's Great Lakes Regional Finish: 4th
Demetra Poll 2000 Rankings:
10/3: Indiana (31st)
Every Girls' Goal
Individual Bests from the 2000 season are listed below:
Leaders at each distance are listed below:
Seven versatile runners equals success. The Hoosiers realized this at the Great Lakes Regional when sophomore Amanda Bell, who was the leader for the first four meets of the 2000 season and the second finisher at Pre-NCAA's and Big Tens, was forced to sideline at the end of the season due to stress fractures.
The big surprise was freshman Becky Obrecht's breaking into the top five after competing in only the first, second, and fourth meets of the season. Obrecht said of her showing, "I thought, `If I'm not going to score, then what am I going for?'"
Coming through for the Hoosiers at the Great Lakes Regional were the following runners:
1. So. Allyson Hammond-4th (20:55.8)
2. Jr. Erin Womble-26th (22:01.6)
3. Jr. Stephanie Magley-28th (22:02.7)
4. So./Fr. Lauren Weddell-37th (22:13.8)
5. Fr. Becky Obrecht-80th (22:49.3)
6. Fr. Heidi Crowley-99th (23:06.4)
7. Fr. Audrey Giesler-131st (23:39.2)
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