Freshman Jim Riddle led the Illini with a sixth place finish.
Sept. 27, 2008
CHICAGO - The Fighting Illini men's cross country team finished second at the Sean Earl Invitational hosted by Loyola in Chicago on Saturday. A large field consisting of 34 teams and 371 athletes competed with Malone College winning the event with 44 points, while the Illini finished with 52 points.
"We ran a solid race," cross country coach Wendel McRaven said. "Obviously, we came here to win, but today provides good motivation for the work we need to do for the rest of the season."
Freshman Jim Riddle led the way for the Illini earning a sixth place with a time of 25:02. The Naperville, Ill., native was followed closely by junior Jeremy Stevens who took seventh place in a time of 25:04.
"Jim ran very well today," McRaven said. "He made a strong push at the leaders late in the race and proved he can perform well at this level."
The Illini ran extremely well with six of the top 20 finishers. Along with Riddle, the freshmen class continued a strong start to their careers with six out of the top seven finishers for the Illini. They included, Riddle, Nathan Troester in 12th with a time of 25:16, Nathan Bohne in 17th with a time of 25:27, Colin Mickow in 18th with a time of 25:30 and Chris DeSilva in 20th with a time of 25:32.
"This class has done a great job of adjusting to this environment," McRaven said. "They work hard together in training and are competing well on race days."
The Orange and Blue will take two weeks off of competition before Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 18.
Illinois Individual Results
6. Jim Riddle 25:02
7. Jeremy Stevens 25:04
12. Nathan Troester 25:16
17. Nathan Bohne 25:27
18. Colin Mickow 25:30
20. Chris DeSilva 25:32
26. Mike Murray 25:40
33. Dan Kremske 25:50
34. Garrett Weaver 25:51
41. Kyle Engnell 26:02
111. Ryne Beeson 27:03