Senior Hunter Mickow led the Illini for the second consecutive week at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
Oct. 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The Fighting Illini men's cross country team placed 24th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday. The Orange and Blue, who faced their toughest competition of the season, beat three nationally ranked teams and finished ahead of five Big Ten squads. They were led by senior Hunter Mickowfor the second consecutive week.
"I was really happy with our performances from today," head coach Jake Stewartsaid. "We beat three nationally ranked teams and others which were receiving votes in the national poll. It's been a while since our program has done that. We're riding a big momentum swing from today."
Mickow led the Illini and placed 43rd overall with an 8K time of 23:58, setting a new personal-best at the distance for the second straight week. Finishing second for the squad was Jannis Topfer, who also set a new career-best 8K time of 24:13 and finishing 78th overall. Running in his first collegiate 8K race, Ian Barnett finished third for the Illini and set a huge personal-best time of 24:23 while teammate Tommy King scored points for the squad, finishing with a time of 24:28. Jordan Hebertcrossed the line fifth for the Illini with a time of 24:35.
"Hunter was awesome today," Stewart said. "The last few weeks of practice has really paid off and he's definitely the biggest surprise of the day. Jannis and Tommy were really consistent and Ian ran a huge personal best. It was a big shot of confidence. It was also good to see Jordan back running to where he needs to be. Today's race was good for him to get under his belt and off his back. "
The Illini also had runners compete at the Bradley Classic this afternoon, with unattached runner Jim Riddle opening his season by winning the individual title and setting a new personal-best time of 24:11. Five others runners competed unattached while Sam Telfer finished 19th overall with a new personal-best time of 24:58 and Jereme Atchison finished closely behind in 20th position. Luke Carroll (24:53) and Liam Markham (24:46) also opened up their season at the meet, both finishing in the top 14. Mark Donohuealso set a career-best, crossing the line with a time of 25:17.
"We have to have two great weeks of practice and take the same approach we did coming into the meets today.," Stewart said.
The Illini will be home next weekend as they welcome cross country teams to the Illini Open on Friday, Oct. 19 at te UI Arboretum at 4:45 p.m. CT before traveling to East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Oct. 28.
ILLINOIS RESULTS at Wisconsin adidas Invite
43. Hunter Mickow 23:58
78. Jannis Topfer 24:11
123. Ian Barnett 24:23
147. Tommy King 24:28
172. Jordan Hebert 24:35
257. Paul Zeman 25:19
302. Joe McAsey27:19
TEAM RESULTS at Wisconsin adidas Invite(out of 45)
1. Stanford 125
2. Iona 135
3. Oklahoma 166
4. Texas 267
5. Arkansas 308
24. ILLINOIS 545
ILLINOIS RESULTS at Bradley Classic
1. Jim Riddle 24:11 (unattached)
10. Graham Morris 24:44 (unattached)
11. Liam Markham 24:46 (unattached)
13. Kyle Engnell 24:50 (unattached)
14. Luke Carroll 24:53 (unattached)
19. Sam Telfer 24:58
20. Jereme Atchison 24:58
26. Will Brewster 25:07 (unattached)
32. Mark Donohue 25:17
39. David Eckhart 25:28
72. Nathan Troester (unattached)