Senior Hunter Mickow placed 46th at the 2012 NCAA Championships, the highest finish for Illini runner since 2007.
Nov. 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Senior's Hunter Mickow and Jannis Topfer closed out their season by finishing the 10K NCAA Championship race 46th and 64th, respectively. Mickow crossed the finish line with a time of 30:12 while Jannis finished with a time of 30:27. Mickow's finish was the highest in program history since Trent Hoerr placed 16th in 2007. This marked the second consecutive season the Illini have sent two individual runners and just the third time a duo has advanced to the national meet.
"I'm so thrilled for both Hunter and Jannis," head coach Jake Stewart said. "They couldn't have had a better day with Hunter being six places away from being an All-American and Jannis being in the 60 range. It's an incredible meet and to perform well in their first championship meet, it is a great testament for those guys. They stuck to the things we've focused on all year. They didn't get bothered by the atmosphere and it allowed them to have the great race they did. It was a great day for the program and today was a step in the right direction for the University of Illinois."
Mickow's time of 30:12 is a career-best at the 10K distance for the senior who has the Illini in three of the four meets he has competed in this year. The senior was also six places away from earning All-America status. A week ago, Mickow led the Illini at the NCAA Midwest Regional and finished sixth overall, with a time of 30:29 and qualifying for his first national championship race. The Princeton, Ill., native's finish at the regional meet was the highest since Trent Hoerr in 2007.
Topfer, also running in the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career, ran a great race. The Bochum, Germany, native improved upon his personal-best 10K time set last weekend. Topfer had an incredible season, scoring points for the Illini in every meet he competed in, including finishing first for the squad at the competitive Big Ten Championships.