Orange and Blue will compete against toughest competition yet
Illini take home 10 of 16 first place finishes
Young team made huge improvements throughout the year
The squad will compete in East Lansing for the conference meet
Sophomore will run in first conference meet next weekend
Photos from Illini Classic at UI Armory
2012 XC - RS FRESHMAN
In season debut, ran career best 6K time of 19:19 at the Illinois Challenge ... Set a personal best 8K time at the Bradley Classic, finishing with a time of 25:28 ... Finished second for the Illini and fourth overall at the Illinois open, running a time of 26:05.
2011 XC - FRESHMAN
In his collegiate debut, ran unattached but placed fifth overall for the Illini with an 8K time of 25:50 at the Illini Open.
2013 Track and Field
Outdoor: Placed fifth in the 3,000m at the Lee Calhoun Invitational.
Indoor: Won the 5,000m at the EIU Friday Night Special ... Finished runner-up in the 3,000m at the Illini Classic.
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Redshirt season
Indoor: Redshirt season
Was a three-time All-Conference cross country runner, also earning the honor in 2010 and 2011 in both indoor and outdoor track ... Captured All-State accolades in cross country and track ... Four-time letter winner in track, three-time in cross country.
Son of Dave and Therese Eckhart... Born November 11, 1992... Has four siblings, Zach, Cailin, Riley, Jake ... Major is undecided.
Eckhart's Personal Best
6K: 19:19 - Illini Challenge (8/31/12)
8K: 25:28 - Bradley Classic (10/12/12)
3,000m: 10:01.47 - Lee Calhoun Invite (4/13/13)
3,000m: 8:40.77 - Illini Classic (1/19/13)
5,000m: 14:57.52 - EIU Friday Night Special (2/15/13)
Updated August 2013