Oct. 10, 2012
Bradley Classic and Wisconsin Preview
Friday, Oct. 12 (4 p.m. CT) - 8K race
Newman Golf Course // Peoria, Ill.
Wisconsin adidas Invitational
Friday, Oct. 12 (12:40 p.m. CT) - 8K race
Thomas Zimmer Championship Course // Madison, Wis.// Meet Central
After a weekend off from competition, the Fighting Illini are back in action at a pair of meets this weekend. Illinois will split up its squad, with the top seven runners heading to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and another group of four competing at the Bradley Classic. Both meets take place on Friday, Oct. 12.
COACH STEWART ON THE MEET
"I think the biggest challenge will be handling the volume of runners at the Wisconsin race." Stewart said. "We need to run with confidence, maneuver well and be smart. All of those will be key. We learned a lot from our meet two weeks ago at Notre Dame. I expect us to be better."
ILLINI SET TO RUN
The Illini's top seven racers will head to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, with three seniors and four redshirt-freshmen in the lineup. Hunter Mickow, who led the Illini for the first time in his career at the Notre Dame Invitational, will lead the way along with Jordan Hebert. Hebert paced the Illini at the meet last year, and is the only runner on the team who's competed at the adidas Invitational. Jannis Topfer is also slated to run, after he finished runner up for the Orange and Blue last weekend.
The next four runners on the Illinois roster are set to race at the Bradley Classic. Freshman Jereme Atchison will make his season debut while sophomore Mark Donohue, redshirt-freshmen Sam Telfer and David Eckhart will run their second meet of the year.
LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
The Illini will face the toughest competition of the season yet, as 17 of the top 30 teams are nationally ranked. Defending NCAA champion Wisconsin leads the competing field at No. 1, while Oklahoma and Iona and Portland check in tied at No. 5, respectively. Nine other Big Ten schools will be competing at the invitational this weekend, including No. 16 Minnesota, No. 24 Michigan and No. 26 Indiana.
LAST TIME OUT
The Fighting Illini men's cross country team placed 10th at the Notre Dame Invitational in a field of 20 competing squads on Sept. 28. The Orange and Blue were led by senior Hunter Mickow for the first time in his career.
Mickow led the Illini and placed 24th overall with a five mile time of 24:13, a distance ran competitively for the first time by many. Following Mickow and making his season debut was Jannis Topfer, who came in 27th overall, shortly behind his teammate with a time of 24:17.
Finishing third and fourth for the Illini were Tommy King with a time of 24:31 and Ian Barnett who notched a time of 24:49 to cover the five mile course. Rounding out the squad was Paul Zeman (25:26), Sam Telfer (25:31), and Jordan Hebert (26:57).
The Orange and Blue will be home next weekend as they welcome cross country teams to the Illini Open on Friday, Oct. 19 at the UI Arboretum at 4:45 p.m. CT before traveling to East Lansing, Mich. for the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Oct. 28.