Schneider Paces Illini at Notre Dame Invite
Oct. 4, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. --The Illinois women's cross country team finished in 15th place at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. The 5K race was held in South Bend, Ind. and featured eight nationally ranked teams among the 24-team field. Alyssa Schneider finished first for the Illini for the third consecutive week, placing 17th with a time of 17:30.
Following Schneider was senior Katie Porada (17:42) who finished 29th overall in her season debut. Finishing third for the Illini and 63rd overall was sophomore Amanda Fox, crossing the finish line with a time of 18:06 while senior Stephanie Morgan (18:47) scored points for the Illini in her first meet of the season.
"We learned that we learned that we have a group that can be right in the mix at the top level," said head coach Scott Jones. "We haven't completely put it together yet, we still need to work on some things to put together a whole team race. Katie overcame some first-race jitters to have a really solid debut race. This was also a positive step for Stephanie, she was healthy and able to get that first race under her belt. She's only going to get better as the season progesses."
Freshmen Hanna Winter and Audrey Blazek ran their first 5K race at the collegiate level, with Winter (18:52) finishing fifth for the squad and Blazek (19:11) finishing sixth. Redshirt sophomore Britten Petrey finished closely behind Blazek, clocking a 19:13, with junior Chloe Schmidt (19:21) and sophomore Natalie Wynn (19:30) rounding out the competition for the Illini.
"Hanna really stepped up," said Jones. "She's going to continue to improve as our season progresses. Britten is coming off on injury, but she's been working really hard and she's going to be up there by the end of the year as well."
No. 2 Florida State placed first at the meet with 77 points, while Duke's Juliet Bottorff won the individual title with a time of 16:43.
The Illini will have two weeks off before they compete in both the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill. on Oct. 18 and the Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.