Men's Cross Country, Track & Field


Jannis Toepfer
Jannis Toepfer

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Bochum, Germany

High School:
Graf Engelbert/MICDS

Event:
XC-Distance

Birthdate:
10/01/1989

I/O Eligibility:
SR/SR

05/28/2014

Illini Earn 64 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom

AT ILLINOIS
Cross Country
2013 XC - SENIOR
Led the Illini in every meet he competed in ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing third at the NCAA Midwest Regional and earning All-Region Honors ... Placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors ... Clocked a personal-best 8K time of 23:50 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, which is tied for the fourth-fastest 8K time in school history ... Placed sixth at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Won the Illini Challenge with a personal-best 6K time of 18:58 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2012 XC - SENIOR
Qualified for the NCAA Championships, where he finished 64th and set a personal-best 10K time of 30:27 ... Earned All-Region honors after finishing 13th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional , recording a 10K time of 30:40 ... Finished first for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships with a personal best 8K time of 24:06 ... Received second-team All-Big Ten honors for ninth place finish at Big Ten Championships ... His time at the Big Ten Championships is 10th fastest 8K finish in school history ... In his Illinois debut, finished in the top-27 at the Notre Dame Invitational and second on the team with a five-mile time of 24:17 ... Finished runner-up on the squad at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, setting a career-best 8K time of 24:11 ... Scored points for the Illini in each race he's competed in.

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2014 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 10,000m ... Placed ninth in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championships ... Clocked the sixth-fastest 10,000m time in school history (29:13.07) to place fifth at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Won the 5,000m at the Tiger Track Classic with the sixth-fastest time in school history (13:59.17) ... Placed first in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Tiger Track Classic ... Academic All-Big Ten ... USTFCCCA All-Academic.

Indoor: Competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships and placed sixth to score points for the Illini ... Clocked the third-fastest 5,000m time in school history (14:00.66) at the conference championships ... Recorded three top-three finishes in the 3,000m, including a first-place finish at the Husker Invitational ... Placed second in the mile at the Illini Open.

2013 Track and Field
Outdoor:Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 3,000m steeplechase ... Scored points for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships, placing fifth ... Broke the 3,000m school record at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, winning the title with a time of 8:16.71 ... Set the ninth fastest 3,000m steeplechase time in Illinois history at the Auburn Tiger Classic, winning the event with a time of 8:54.48 ... USTFCCCA All-Academic.

Indoor: Set the eighth fastest 3,000m time in Illini history at the Big Ten Championships, finishing with a time of 8:11.99 to place 13th overall ... Competed in the mile at the Meyo Invitational and the Illini Classic.

At Graf Engelbert High School
Placed second in the 3,000m steeplechase at the German Under-23 Championships in 2009 ... In 2006, was runner-up in the 2,000m steeplechase at the German Youth Championships ... Finished third in 2010 at the German Under-23 Championships in the 10,000m

At Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS)
Finished third in the 3,200m at the Missouri State Championships in 2007 ... Placed fourth in 2007 at the Missouri State Championships in the 1,600m.

Personal
Son of Harald and Berit Modler ... Has two siblings, Mayu and Moritz ... Received his bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering and will be pursuing his masters degree at the University of Illinois ... Hobbies include playing sports, traveling and reading.

Toepfer's Personal Bests
Cross Country
6K: 18:58 - Illini Challenge (8/30/13)
8K: 23:50 - Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (10/19/13)
10K: 30:27 - NCAA Championships (11/17/12)
5 Miles: 24:17 - Notre Dame Invitational (9/28/12)

Track
Outdoor
1,500m: 3:57.39 - Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational (3/29/14)
3,000m: 8:16.71 - Big Ten/SEC Challenge (3/24/13)
3,000m Steeple: 8:54.48 - Auburn Tiger Classic (4/6/13)
5,000m: 13:59.17 - Tiger Track Classic (4/4/14)
10,000m: 29:13.07 - Mt. SAC Relays (4/17/14)

Indoor
Mile: 4:12.79 - Meyo Invitational (2/2/13)
3,000m: 8:08.85 - Rod McCravy Memorial (1/25/14)
5,000m: 14:00.66 - Big Ten Championships (3/1/14)

Updated July 2014

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