Redshirted the 2009 season.
Ran to first place at the season-opening Illini Challenge ... Placed first for the Illini four times ... Finished second at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships and first for the Orange and Blue where he ran the team's best 8K time of the season of 24:40 ... The first Illini to cross the finish line at the Big Ten Championships, placing 38th overall ... Came in second for Illinois at the Sean Earl Invitational, finishing seventh overall ... Named Big Ten Runner of the Week (Sept. 23) ... Took fifth for Illinois at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Named Big Ten Sportsmaship Honoree and Illinois' Most Valuable Runner.
Continued to shine for the Illini after coming back midseason from an injury ... Finished in the top four for the Orange and Blue in every meet he competed ... Set a career-best 8K time of 24:31 at Pre-Nationals ... Was the second Illini to cross the finish line at the Big Ten Championships, placing 24th overall ... Finished 42nd overall and fourth for the Illini at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a personal-best 10K time of 31:26.
Had a standout freshman season, competing in six meets for the Illini ... Ran unattached at the Illini Open, finishing first in his collegiate debut ... Cruised to a first-place overall finish at the Illini Pack-It-Up Challenge with an 8K time of 24:56 ... Finished second for the Illini at the Notre Dame Invite with a personal-best 8K time of 24:33 ... Placed third for the Illini at Pre-Nationals with a time of 24:44 ... At the Big Ten Championships, placed second for the Illini and 28th overall ... Posted a 10K time of 31:46.74 to finish second for the Orange and Blue and 27th overall at NCAA regionals.
Holds the Illinois Class A State Cross Country record with a time of 14:18 (3 miles) ... Also holds the 3200m Class A state record with a time of 9:10.56 ... Was the 3200m state champion at the 2006 state meet, also placing third in the 1600m ... Illinois Class A Cross Country Champion in 2005 ... Was the runner-up in the 1600m in 2005 ... Finished 22nd at the 2005 Foot Locker National High School Cross Country Championsips ... 2004 runner-up at the state cross country meet ... Finished fourth in the 1600m at the 2004 state meet ... High school coach was Joe Erb ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Jeremy Ray Stevens ... Born Feb. 11, 1988 ... Parents are Rod and Nancy Stevens ... Has two sisters, Jessica and Missy ... Majoring in business ... Biggest thrill in sports is "out-kicking people" ... Parents were the most influential in his athletic career because of their support.
Stevens' Personal Bests
6K: 18:11 - Illini Open (9/1/06) 8K: 24:01 - Pre-National Invitational (10/14/07) 10K: 31:26 - NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (11/10/07)