Women's Cross Country, Track & Field
Illini Finish Tied for 13th at Wisconsin adidas Invitational

Chantelle Groeneoud opened her senior season with a personal-best 6K time.
Chantelle Groeneoud opened her senior season with a personal-best 6K time.

Oct. 2, 2010

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MADISON, Wis. - On Saturday at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, Illinois finished tied for 13th with Purdue in the squad's first 6K meet of the season. Four different Illini set 6K personal bests, paced by senior Chantelle Groenewoud who timed 20:50.4 and placed 27th.

The field was loaded with top-tier teams, including six who were ranked in the top-30 nationally and two others who were receiving votes.

"Even though we got 13th and we had aimed higher, I'm really pleased with the way our team ran," cross country coach Jeremy Rasmussen said. "We had four different girls with PRs, and we had four more that were right at their previous PRs. I definitely saw some things we will continue to work on, but I also saw great improvement."

The meet marked the season debut of Illinois' top two runners, Groenewoud and junior Kristin Sutherland. Groenewoud led the Orange and Blue and improved her personal best by 12 seconds, while Sutherland (21:47.9), who has battled a hip injury, finished 84th overall and fourth for the Illini.

"Kristin ran pretty well," Rasmussen said. "We knew she wasn't going to be back at full-force, but she's making progress fast. Even though she is about a minute behind her best, she showed me that she can be right back at her personal best time by the end of the year."

Junior Stacy Hague continued her impressive season by placing 65th overall and second for the Illini. Hague's personal best (21:33.5) marked the third time in four races she has set a personal best, with each coming at a different race length. Hague's time was more than a minute faster than her previous 6K personal best.

Sophomore Stephanie Morgan (21:45.6) finished 81st overall and third for the Illini in her second race of the season while senior Ashley Thompson (22:09.6) wrapped up the scoring for the Illini in 99th.

Junior Amber Stack had an impressive personal best (22:18.5), knocking almost 40 seconds off her previous 6K best. Maggie Mulchrone also turned in a career best at 22:40.1.

Melissa Schmidt (22:26.1) led a trio of Illini freshman, followed by Meghan Frigo (22:48.1) and Hannah Worman (23:36.8). Sophomore Courtney Yaeger (22:48.0) finished just ahead of Frigo and Madeline Aufmann (23:56.8) rounded out the Illini performances.

Syracuse won the meet with an 89-point performance. The only other team to stay under 100 points was runner-up North Carolina (98). Florida's Charlotte Browning won the race in 20:13.4, edging out runner-up Emily MacLeod of Michigan State (20:14.8).

The Illini take a week off before splitting up to go two directions on the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Several Illini runners will head to Peoria, Ill., for the Bradley Classic on Friday, Oct. 15, while the top Illini runners will head to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Pre-National meet on Oct. 16.

Illinois Results
27. Chantelle Groenewoud 20:50.4
65. Stacy Hague 21:33.5
81. Stephanie Morgan 21:45.6
84. Kristin Sutherland 21:47.9
99. Ashley Thompson 22:09.6
109. Amber Stack 22:17.5
115. Melissa Schmidt 22:26.1
133. Maggie Mulchrone 22:40.1
144. Courtney Yaeger 22:48.0
145. Meghan Frigo 22:48.1
178. Hannah Worman 23:36.8
189. Madeline Aufmann 23:56.8

Team Results
1. #11 Syracuse 89
2. #29 North Carolina 98
3. #20 Michigan State 109
4. #22 Michigan 113
5. Indiana 151
6. Harvard 157
7. #7 Florida 195
8. San Francisco 205
9. Nebraska 248
10. Texas A&M 256
11. Kansas 289
12. Portland 302
t-13. Purdue 339
t-13. ILLINOIS 339
15. #26 Wisconsin 363
16. Eastern Michigan 444
17. Marquette 478
18. Air Force 497
19. North Dakota State 503
20. IPFW 587