Sophomore Mark Donohue finished first for the Illini and earned a spot on his first Big Ten roster.
Oct. 19, 2012
URBANA, Ill. -- The Fighting Illini men's cross country team fielded two runners in the Illinois Open Friday, with sophomore Mark Donohue finishing first for the Illini and third overall with an 8K time of 25:57. Donohue's place earned him a spot on the Big Ten roster next weekend, making it his first conference meet.
"It was great to see a true freshman win the meet today, and another not far behind" head coach Jake Stewart said. "It says a lot about how they've progressed this year. Mark earned a spot on the Big Ten roster. He came out and showed he deserved to run in his first conference meet next week. David ran well, it was the most aggressive and engaged I've seen him all year."
Finishing behind Donohue was teammate David Eckhart, clocking a time of 26:05 in his final cross country meet of the season.
The squad will travel to Michigan State next Sunday as they compete at the Big Ten Championships with the 8K-race beginning at 10:45 a.m. CT.