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September 26, 2008

Footnotes: Oregon men and women have strangehold on preseason NCAA cross countryrankings


The team of 12 finished in 20 hours, 41 minutes and 23 seconds, maintaining a pace of 6:04 per mile. Their closest competitor in the male division was almost two hours slower.

A cast of former collegiate runners were among the 12: Jeff Andrew (Indiana State), Justin Kunz (Indiana State), Jeremy Kunz (Indiana State), Annie Gasway (Indiana State), Aaron Hoover (Ball State), Scot Mullins (Vincennes).

The others were Terre Haute’s Tom Dever, who recently ran the fastest half-marathon for his 50-and-over age group. Tim Fears, Mike Urban, Tim Monaghan, Gary Ronesser, who is a five-time Indy Mini winner, and Dave Zeisler.

Each person ran three legs, but the teams could decide how long each runner ran. The Michelob Ultra team ranked their runners according to ability, getting the most miles to the best runners.

For running at night, a headlamp and safety vest with flashers was required.

• Terre Haute 10 miler — On Sept. 20, Tim Monaghan won the Terre Haute 10 Miler sponsored by the Wabash Valley Roadrunners. Monaghan finished in a time of 59 minutes, 7 seconds.

The next WVRR event is the Indiana Fall Classic on Nov. 8 at Hawthorn Park. The 10K race is 75 percent on the trails of the park, and 25 percent pavement.

This will be my first competitive event since the Terre Haute Triathlon on May 31 and my first ever running race. Should be fun.

• On the track — Indiana State’s track at Marks Field was resurfaced over the summer, and the Sycamores are prepared to be a host for the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

Indiana State has not had a home track meet since 2005. The Sycamores will also have the ISU Invitational and Pacesetter Invitational in the spring.

“It should hold us for several more years now,” said men’s coach John McNichols, who pointed out that the last time the Sycamores were host to the MVC meet in 2001, the men won the title. “It’s definitely a home advantage and hopefully we have a strong enough team to make another run at it this spring.”

Craig Pearson can be reached by phone at (812) 231-4357 or by e-mail at

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