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    Illini Take Second at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships
    Redshirt freshmen Ian Barnett and Paul Zeman finished first and second for the Illini at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships.

    Redshirt freshmen Ian Barnett and Paul Zeman finished first and second for the Illini at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships.

    Sept. 14, 2012

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    Normal, Ill. -- The Fighting Illini men's cross country team finished second at the Illinois Intercollegiate on Friday. The Illini finished with a total of 72 points, as four of the top 20 overall finishers sported orange and blue.

    "Overall it was a very controlled effort by everyone," head coach Jake Stewart said. "For most, it was the first time running that distance so I thought they all worked hard and stuck to the game plan."

    Redshirt freshman Ian Barnett led the way for the Illini and finished fifth overall, with a 8K time of 24:45. Teammate Paul Zeman crossed the line with a time of 25:15 and placed 11th overall. Joe McAsey finished four spots later, coming in 15th overall and third for the Illini with a time of 25:18.

    "I'm pleased with how all of them raced," Stewart said. "The guys did a good job of working their way up. They came on late and really stuck to the game plan. I think they all certainly had more in the tank. Dave (Eckhart) and Mark (Donohue) really ran aggressively and set big personal bests. They are at a good point."

    Eckhart crossed the finish line finishing fourth for the Illini with an 8K time of 25:34 while Donohue and redshirt-freshman Anthony Manfrin finished 22nd and 25th, respectively.

    Sam Penzenstadler from Loyola (Ill.) captured the individual title with a time of 24:24.

    The Orange and Blue will take a weekend off before heading to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28.

    ILLINOIS RESULTS
    5. Ian Barnett 24:45
    11. Paul Zeman 25:15
    15. Joe McAsey 25:18
    19. David Eckhart 25:34
    22. Mark Donohue 25:39
    25. Anthony Manfrin 25:51

    TEAM RESULTS
    1. Loyola (Ill.) 31
    2. Illinois 72
    3. Eastern Illinois 83
    4. Illinois-Chicago 97
    5. Bradley 104
    6. Illinois State 127
    7. Chicago State 191

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