Men's Cross Country

Jacob Nachel
Jacob Nachel


Western Springs, Ill.

High School:
Lyons Township


Did not compete due to injury.

Competed in all six events for the Orange and Blue ... Won the individual title and helped lead the Illini to a first place team finish at the Illini Challenge with a 6K time of 18:15 ... Came in 12th overall with an 8K time of 25:14 at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship...Was the second Illini to cross the line at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 24:15 ... Clocked a personal best 8K time of 23:50 at Pre-Nationals ... Was the third finisher for the Orange and Blue at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 24:40 ... Earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Midwest Regional with his 24th place finish and a 10K time of 30:49.

Ran in three meets as a member of the Illini squad ... Ran unattached at the Illini Open, finishing sixth... Clocked an 8K personal best time of 25:30 to place third overall at the Illini Challenge ... Finished ninth for the Orange and Blue at the Notre Dame Invite ... Had a sixth place finish for the Illini with an 8K time of 25:35 at Pre-Nationals.

2006 State Champion in the 3200m ... All-State at the 2005 Class AA Cross Country meet (11th place) ... High school coach was Michael Kuharic.

Full name given is Jacob Robert Nachel ... Born on April 19, 1988 ... Nickname is "Nacho" ... Parents are Jim and Gail Nachel ... Has one sister, Nicole ... Majoring in biology ... Enjoys running and playing ultimate frisbee ... Biggest thrill in sports is "outkicking someone at the end of a race" ... His coach has been the most influential person in his athletic career because he got him into running and taught his everything he knows.