Illini Finish Ninth at Big Ten Championships
Nov. 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Illinois women's cross country team finished in ninth place at the 2013 Big Ten Championships on Sunday. The team scored 241 points, with redshirt-sophomore Alyssa Schneider leading the way for the Illini. The Bartlett, Ill. native clocked a 6K time of 21:45.0 to place 28th.
"Our goal was to be competitive and to do better than we did last year," said head coach Scott Jones. "We matched what we did last year. We also wanted to beat some of the teams that have beaten us earlier this year. We beat Northwestern, who beat us at Notre Dame, but we lost to Purdue, who we had beaten at Notre Dame, so that was disappointing."
Senior Katie Porada (22:12.6) and sophomore Amanda Fox (22:14.9) each improved upon last year's conference championship finishes, placing 44th and 46th, respectively. Freshman Hanna Winter made her Big Ten Championships debut, crossing the finish line with a time of 22:45.2 to place 71st. Redshirt-sophomore Britten Petrey rounded out the Illini scoring, clocking a 22:52.8 to finish 75th.
Junior Rachel Irion improved upon last year's conference championship finish, placing 88th with a time of 23:14.7, while freshman Audrey Blazek clocked a 23:30.3 to finish 96th in her Big Ten Championships debut. Sophomore Natalie Wynn (24:11.2) and senior Stephanie Morgan (24:23.4) placed 100th and 102nd, respectively.
"The race went out very fast, and I think we're still not 100 percent prepared for that," said Coach Jones. "Now having been there, we're a little bit more accustomed to that kind of race. That will benefit us at the Regional meet. I think we have an increased sense of the competitiveness of the Big Ten and what it takes to be successful."
Michigan State won the team title, their third in the last 4 years, with three runners finishing in the top-10 to score 43 points, Last year's champion Michigan (55) finished second, while Minnesota (68) finished third. Freshman Erin Finn of Michigan took the individual title with a 6K time of 20:48.3.
The Illini have next weekend off before traveling to the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Ames, Iowa on Friday, Nov. 15.
ILLINOIS RESULTS at the 2013 Big Ten Championships