Women's Cross Country, Track & Field
Katie Porada Wins Illini Open

Katie Porada finished first at the Illini Open.
Katie Porada finished first at the Illini Open.

Oct. 25, 2013

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URBANA, Ill. -- The Illinois women's cross country team hosted the Illini Open on Friday, and finished with 84 points. The 5K race was held at the UI Arboretum, and was the final race of the regular season.

"I was really pleased with our effort today," said head coach Scott Jones. "I was pleased with the approach our younger kids had. They raced aggressively and they raced well. Every time they get to put on a uniform and race it's a good opportunity for them. They were excited about this, and a little bit nervous also, but they handled those nerves well and I was pleased with their races."

Katie Porada won the individual title, crossing the finish line with a time of 17:35. Megan Lemersal (18:58) and Valerie Bobart (19:02) clocked in next for the Illini, finishing their first collegiate 5K race in 16th and 19th place, respectively. Michelle Frigo placed 28th with a time of 19:11, just one second shy of tying her personal-best, while Kim Seger and Ellie Palacios came in at 19:13 and 19:50, respectively, in their first 5K race at the college level.

"Katie ran a really effective race," said Jones. "She hasn't raced as much this year, so she felt that she needed another effort like this to get her prepared for the championship portion of the season. I thought that was tremendously insightful on her part."

The Orange and Blue will open the championship portion of the season next Sunday, Nov. 3 when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Big Ten Championships.

1. Katie Porada, 17:35
16. Megan Lemersal, 18:58
19. Valerie Bobart, 19:02
28. Michelle Frigo, 19:11
30. Kim Seger, 19:13
43. Ellie Palacios, 19:50