Senior Jason Bill closed his final season by finishing 119th at the NCAA Championships.
Nov. 20, 2006
Terre Haute, Ind. - Senior Jason Bill closed out his final season by finishing the 10K NCAA Championship race 119th overall with a time of 32:46.4 at the event hosted by Indiana State University.
After redshirting due to injury in 2005, Bill came back for his final season in full force and has finished as one of the top two Illini in each race he has run this year. For the Orange and Blue senior, his third and final appearance at the championships may not have been what he expected, but the season leading up to the championships was a road well-traveled.
"He did a good job at getting himself into a decent position in the beginning," head coach Wendel McRaven said. "He just struggled the second half of the race and never quite got where he needed to be. But looking back, all in all he had a solid season. He ran a great race at regionals and put himself in position to make it to nationals."
BYU's Josh Rohantinsky took first place with a time of 30:44.9. Neftalem Araia of Stanford and Jess Baumgartner of Southern Utah rounded out the top three. Colorado accumulated 94 points to claim the team title, followed by Wisconsin with 142 and Iona with 172.
"It's been nice to have a qualifier for the two years I have been here - last year with Dan Stock and this year with Jason," McRaven said. "These are good steppingstones to have, and a year from now we hope to have our team qualify for Nationals. Our goals are getting bigger now, and we want to get a team to nationals and walk away with some All-Americans."