Oct. 24, 2013
Illini Open Preview | Coach Stewart Interview
Friday, Oct. 25 (4:40 p.m. CT) - 8K Race
UI Arboretum // Urbana, Ill.
The Illinois men's cross country team will be back in action this Friday, Oct. 25 when they close out the regular season at the Illini Open. The men's 8K race will take place at the UI Arboretum and begin at 4:40 p.m. CT.
Coach Stewart on the Meet
"The Illini Open will be a good opportunity for some of our younger guys to race at home." said Coach Stewart. "It's nice to have this race prior to Big Tens because we can't run everyone there. So some of our younger guys will have a chance to go win a collegiate race, and that's fun because not a lot of guys can say they won a race in college. We'll have a group of guys who will be in a position to do that. For the group racing, that's the objective."
"The competition is perfect for what we're trying to do. It's a lot of teams who are similar in terms of the groups not going to the conference meet are coming to this race and having another good opportunity to compete before the conclusion of the season. I just want to see the guys who do race for us compete well. I'm not concerned with time or anything other than them going into the race and giving themselves a chance to be in contention to win."
Illini Set to Run
Jereme Atchison, Ryan Burgoon and Sam Telfer will represent the Orange and Blue on Friday, while Joe Cowlin, Alex Gold, Trevor Kuehr and Alex Notton will be racing unattached,
A Look at the Competition
Three teams will be traveling to Urbana, Ill. on Friday as the Illini will face Bradley, Eastern Illinois, and Loyola.
Last Time Out
On Oct. 19, seven Illini traveled to Madison, Wis. for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. The Orange and Blue finished 19th out of 35 teams, and placed higher than six nationally ranked teams. Jannis Toepfer ran a personal-best 8K time of 23:50, tied for the fourth-fastest in school history, to lead the Illini and place 28th overall. Liam Markham (24:08), Ian Barnett (24:14) and Brendan McDonnell (24:37) also set personal-bests, while Tommy King crossed the finish line with a time of 24:42. Will Brewster clocked a personal-best 24:48, while Paul Zeman also set a new personal-best, finishing with a time of 25:06. Graham Morris rounded out the competition for the Illini, crossing the finish line with a time of 25:43.
The Illini also had runners compete at the Bradley Classic on Oct. 18, with unattached runner Jordan Hebert winning the individual title. The Illini were led by Luke Carroll as he finished in 11th place after clocking a personal-best 8K time 24:48. Sam Telfer finished next for the Illini with a time of 25:05, with Jereme Atchison (25:12) crossing the finish line shortly after. Ryan Burgoon and Jon Vaccaro set personal-best 8K times of 25:44 and 26:19, respectively, while Anthony Manfrin (27:05) and Joe McAsey (28:03) made their season debuts. Five Illini freshmen also ran unattached in the race, with Garrett Lee (25:00), Alex Gold (25:16), and Joe Cowlin (25:27) all setting new personal-bests.
The Illini will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the 2013 Big Ten Championships on Nov. 3.