Senior Trent Hoerr ran an 8K time of 23:39 to break the Illinois all-time 8K record.
Oct. 13, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Illinois senior Trent Hoerr shattered the Illinois all-time 8K record at Pre-Nationals on Saturday hosted by Indiana State at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. Hoerr ran the 8,000 meter race in 23:39 to finish 13th overall. Former Illinois All-American Ty Wolf held the previous top time of 23:43. Hoerr's performance led the way for Illinois' 16th place team finish with 412 points. Forty teams competed in the men's 8K White Race, 13 of them nationally-ranked. UTEP took the team title (129), followed by No. 3 Colorado (155) and No. 10 N.C. State (182) to round out the top three.
"Trent ran a good, solid race today," head coach Wendel McRaven said. "His performance today is indicative of his hard work and progress and puts him in solid All-American contention."
Sophomore Jacob Nachel continued to be a strong presence in the Illinois lineup. Nachel came in second for the Illini, running a personal best 8K time of 23:50 to finish 31st overall. Nachel's time places him fourth in the Illinois 8K record book, behind Hoerr (23:39), Ty Wolf (23:43) and Jeff Jacobs (23:44).
"Jacob has definitely stepped it up for us," McRaven said. "He consistently continues to improve and run better each race. His performance today puts him in elite company with some of the best runners in the country."
Three other Illini had personal best races as well. Sophomore Jeremy Stevens came in third for the Illini and 102nd overall with a time of 24:31. Senior Michael Kelley ran his personal best time of 24:52 to place him fourth for the Illini and 131st overall. Rounding out the Illini top five was junior Tim Maier, with a personal best time of 24:53.
"We ran a good, solid race in ideal conditions today," McRaven said. "Our one-two punch ran really well and I was pleased with the progress from our three through six guys. Our main focus between now and Big Ten's in two weeks, is to continue to get better and keep showing progress. We need to continue to improve and make the steps needed to accomplish our goal of qualifying for nationals as a team."
The Orange and Blue will take a week off from competition in preparation for the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 28 in Columbus, Ohio.
1. Trent Hoerr (13) 23:39
2. Jacob Nachel (31) 23:50
3. Jeremy Stevens (102) 24:31
4. Michael Kelley (131) 24:52
5. Tim Maier (135) 24:53
6. Jared Richardson (144) 24:56
7. Michael Murray (189) 25:26