Sophomore Katie Porada finished third for the Illini at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a time of 22:32.
Oct. 14, 2011
MADISON, Wis. - In a field of over 300 runners, the Fighting Illini turned in a strong effort against an elite group at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday. Sophomore Meghan Frigoled the Illini for the third consecutive meet this year, as the Fighting Illini finished 44th.
"Today was a very disappointing day," cross country head coach Jeremy Rasmussensaid. "There were a lot of things that we just didn't do well that we've done well in past races. I don't know if it was the size of the race, the level of competition, or what it was, but we didn't handle ourselves well today. We need to figure some things out as we move towards the Big Ten meet and really need to be able to give ourselves an opportunity to do well."
Frigo placed 187th and clocked a 6K time of 21:50. Following closely behind was junior Courtney Yaeger, who in her second race of the season finished second for the Illini with a time of 21:54, just 10 seconds behind her personal best. Sophomore Katie Porada crossed the finish line third for the Illini and 264th overall in 22:32 while senior Stacy Hague finished fourth for the Orange and Blue and 273rd overall, recording a time of 22:37. Freshman Britten Petrey (22:49) rounded out the Illini points, finishing fifth for Illinois and 273rd in the race. Freshman Colette Falsey (23:08) and junior Madeline Aufmann(24:10) also competed for the Illini.
The Illini also had two runners competing in the `B' race at the Invitational, as freshman Chloe Schmidt (23:42) finished 89th and sophomore Meagan Hynes(23:59) completed the race, placing 92nd overall.
Sheila Reid of Villanova won the race in 19:59, followed closely by Jordan Hasay of Oregon just two seconds behind the leader. Washington won the team competition with a score of 199 points and the top four runners finishing in the top 50.
All three runners who ran at the Bradley Classic set either a personal or season best record. Megumi Hoshi finished 93rd with a time of 23:19, a new personal 6K record. Meghan Murphy crossed the line with a season-best time of 23:27, while Michelle Strattonfinished 137th with a time of 24:00, a new personal 6K record.
The Illini will compete at home when they welcome cross country teams to the Illini Open on Friday, Oct. 21 at the UI Arboretum at 4:00 p.m. CT before hosting the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Oct. 30. For more information on the Big Ten Championships, visit the championships central page HERE