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    Men's Cross Country Schedule Announced for 2012 Season
    Senior Jordan Hebert will lead the Illini and look to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year.

    Senior Jordan Hebert will lead the Illini and look to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year.

    Aug. 27, 2012

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Head coach Mike Turk and cross country coach Jake Stewart announced the schedule for the Illinois men's cross country 2012 season, which boasts two home meets at the UI Arboretum, the first happening this Friday.

    Illinois kicks off the season on Friday, Aug. 31 at the UI Arboretum with the Illini Challenge, as the men's 6K race is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. The squad looks to win their eight consecutive Challenge title, as the Orange and Blue had a strong first showing last season scoring 21 points and winning the crown.

    Two weeks later, the Illini head to Normal, Ill., for the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Friday, Sept. 14. The competition will be hosted by Illinois State on the D.A. Weibring Golf Course and includes an open race along with a men's 8K-championship race. After a week off, Illinois is back in action at the Notre Dame Invitational, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 in South Bend, Ind. The men's 8K race will take place at 1 p.m. CT at the Notre Dame Golf Course.

    The Illini will continue to train until splitting up and heading to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., and the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill. on Friday, Oct. 12. The squad's final regular season meet will be held at home, as the Illini Open is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19. The men will run the 8K course at 4:45 p.m. as the final race before beginning postseason competition.

    Postseason competition begins on Sunday, Oct. 28 with the Big Ten Championships at Michigan State's Forest Akers East Golf Course. The Illini square off against the other 10 conference squads for the Big Ten title in a meet that will be aired tape-delayed by the Big Ten Network.

    A few days after the conference meet, a few Illini runners will make the short trip to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the Hoosier Open. A week later on Friday, Nov. 9, the Illini travel to Springfield, Mo., for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, where the top two teams will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships at the University of Louisville's Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday, Nov. 17. Last season, the Illini sent two individual runners to the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history.

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