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Thursday, June 13
The Indiana Daily Student


Team disappointed

SAVOY, Ill. -- This Sunday the men's cross country team competed in the Big Ten Championships. IU was disappointed with their fourth place finish. Although this is where the team said they expected to finish, they still believed they could have placed second.\nThe course was on the University of Illinois golf course, and ran flat and fast. The day was enjoyable for running as the sun was shining and the wind was blowing. The Hoosiers did not take advantage of this beautiful day. \nWisconsin, the No. 4 ranked team in the nation, did take advantage. Wisconsin placed four men in the top six en route to a 43 point victory. \nMichigan, paced by freshman Alan Webb, the Big Ten Individual Champion, placed second. Webb broke the Big Ten conference record by running a time of 23:19 for 5 miles. Webb followed Wisconsin's Matt Tegenkamp the entire race, until pulling ahead in the last 400 meters. Michigan State third. \nThe team said they were not satisfied with their finish, and many runners thought they could have had a better race.\n"I was really disappointed with my performance," junior Chad Andrews, who finished 22nd, said. "I was hoping for at least a top seven finish and first team All Big Ten. It just did not feel good from the gun and I couldn't put it together."\nAndrews has led the Hoosiers several times this season, but finished third on the team. Junior Chris Powers crossed the line first for IU, finishing 15th overall. He missed earning second team All Big Ten honors by one place. Sophomore Bart Phariss was the next man in at 21st. Freshman Kurtis George and freshman Tom Burns rounded out the IU scoring by finishing 28th and 29th.\n"We ran what people predicted but we should of taken a step further," George said. "We cannot be satisfied with our performance. We did not run bad, but we did not run well either."\n"We had an opportunity for something big today and we let it slip away," sophomore Jeff Zeha said. "Now we have to get it back together for districts and do what we have to do to get into Nationals." \nThe Hoosiers do not plan on another lackluster performance in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The men's cross-country team will need to improve their performance to impress as the season continues.\n"Our pack needs to move up," George said. "We were packed up pretty well this race but we need to step it up. We also need Chad to run the way he can run"

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