Hague leads Illini at Midwest Regional
Nov. 12, 2011
DeKalb, Ill. - Senior Stacy Hague paced the Illini on Saturday at the NCAA Midwest Regional, leading the Orange and Blue to a 15th place finish to bring the 2011 season to a close.
"To come out and finish in the top 15 was nice to see," Jeremy Rasmussen said. "The course was deceivingly challenging and it was pretty windy out there. Even though it's still not where we want to be at as a program and as a group, we made a little step in the right direction. The competitiveness, being active and being responsive to what we asked them to do throughout the course of the race was nice to see."
Hague led the squad for the second consecutive race, completing the 6K course in a time of 22:45:10 and finishing 77th overall. Following Hague was junior Courtney Yaeger who placed second for the Illini and 87th overall with a time of 22:55.40. Also scoring points for the Illini were freshman Colette Falsey (23:08.60), sophomore Katie Porada (23:10.23) and freshman Britten Petrey (23:10.71), placing 102nd, 104th and 106th at the meet, respectively.
"Porada was right in it, running ahead or right with Hague all the way through until a few meters to go," Rasmussen said. "I give her credit for coming back and really getting after it throughout the course of the race."
Aliphine Tuliamuk of Wichita State won the meet with Iowa State's Betsy Saina coming in second. The Cyclones won the meet scoring 64 points, placing four runners in the top 10. Oklahoma State took second, as both squads earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.