In a race that saw four IU men receive All-Big Ten honors, the men totaled 60 points but were unable to stay with No. 2 Wisconsin.
Both men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the adidas Invitational on Friday in Madison, Wis., and then again in the Pre-Nationals on Sunday in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of this year’s NCAA Championships.
Indiana men’s and women’s cross country teams came up short in their bids for an upset, as each team placed second Saturday at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.
According to the latest coach’s poll, they are now No. 6 in the country , which marks their highest ranking in school history.
The importance of history is often overstated yet underappreciated. Unless you are affiliated with IU’s cross country program. It has been 20 years since its last Big Ten title and 69 years since its last national championship, but don’t let the large numbers fool you. IU’s cross country team is steeped in tradition, dating back to the early 20th century.
Sitting their top six runners, the men’s cross country team scored 40 points but fell five points short of Purdue’s 35 Friday afternoon. The women, on the other hand, ran away from the competition, scoring 19 to beat Butler by 44 points in the Indiana Intercollegiate in Bloomington.
IU Coach Rod Helmer’s team still won’t be completely at full strength, but the cross country team expects to pick it up a notch at Friday’s Indiana Intercollegiate.
IU will bookend its regular season with home meets, including the season-opening Indiana Open on Sept. 10 and the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 16. The season ends in Bloomington as well with the Hoosier Invitational on Nov. 4.
The IU men's cross-country team finished seventh at the NCAA Championships on Monday. It was the team's highest finish since the 1977 team took fourth place.
Monday's NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. will mark the first time the Hoosiers have advanced to the ultimate round as a team since 2007.
The Hoosier men will advance to the championships for the first time since 2007, while placing in the top two in the regional meet for the first time since 1987.