Alyssa Schneider and Courtney Yaeger earned All-Region honors after finishing 12th and 25th overall, respectively.
Nov. 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Redshirt freshman Alyssa Schneider paced the Illini for the first time in her career Friday at the NCAA Midwest Regional, earning All-Region honors and leading the Orange and Blue to a ninth-place finish out of 31 squads. Senior Courtney Yaeger also garnered All-Region honors for the first time in her career, placing second on the team and 25th overall.
"I thought Alyssa and Courtney got out really well," head coach Jeremy Rasmussen said. "It was great to see both girls be successful at today's meet. The team is now looking forward to track season. The work this squad has done throughout the cross country season, makes me believe they will have success on the track. We're excited for indoors and outdoors to begin."
After trimming nearly a minute off her personal best 6K time two weeks ago during the Big Ten Championships, Schneider led the Orange and Blue and finished 12th overall with a time of 21:04.
"Alyssa looked relaxed the entire time," Rasmussen said. "She is starting to figure out how to run a good cross country race. Running at the Big Ten Championships gave her a lot of confidence and for her to finish 12th was great to see. She was smooth the entire time and had no worry in her face."
Yaeger was running with Schneider in the lead group at the beginning of the race but was tripped up around the 2K mark. After getting up, she managed to fight her way back and earn All-Region honors, finishing 25th with a time of 21:30.
"Courtney put herself in good position right away," Rasmussen said. "Unfortunately about 2K into the race, she got tripped up and fell. At that point, the lead group pulled away and she had to catch back up. She fought hard the rest of the race and squeaked out being 25th and earning All-Region honors. It bodes very well that she could earn that honor.
Madeline Aufmann finished third for the team and 79th overall with a time of 22:28, while Amanda Fox (22:30) and Katie Porada (22:50) rounded out the scoring after finishing 81st and 104th overall, respectively.
"Katie was running with Courtney in the lead group with about one kilometer remaining," Rasmussen said. "However she couldn't quote close to race out the way we'd like. She was right in position to be All-Region, however I give her props to sticking her nose in there. Madeline and Amanda worked well together. They didn't get in great position during the race but kept moving through it."
Iowa State's Betsy Saina won the individual crown and helped the Cyclones win the meet overall, scoring 63 total points. Oklahoma State finished second with 95 points while Minnesota and Northwestern placed third and fourth, respectively.
TEAM RESULTS (out of 31)
1. Iowa State 63
2. Oklahoma State 95
3. Minnesota 96
4. Northwestern 204
5. Tulsa 218
9. ILLINOIS 290