Women's Cross Country, Track & Field
Illinois opens season with Illini Challenge

Aug. 28, 2014

Illini Challenge Preview

Illini Challenge
Friday, August 29 (6:30 p.m.) - 5K Race
UI Arboretum // Urbana, Ill.

Meet Preview
The Fighting Illini women’s cross country team will begin the 2014 season on Friday, August 29, at the University of Illinois Arboretum in Urbana for the Illini Challenge. The women’s race is set to start at 6:30 p.m, with the men’s race to follow at 7:00 p.m.

Coach Jones on the Meet
“We are really excited to use this first meet to see where we are,” said Jones. “I feel really good about the summer of preparation the team has put in. The first week of practice has exceeded my expectations but there is no substitute for racing to determine our competitive status. It’s great having Missouri here. They are a really good team and will definitely provide a big competitive challenge. I want this group to embrace those competitive challenges and to grow through them.”

Illini Set to Run
The Illini have 11 runners slated to compete on Friday, including NCAA qualifier Alyssa Schneider. Joining Schneider in an Illini singlet will be Valerie Bobart, Colette Falsey, Amanda Fox, Samantha Lapp, Megan Lemersal, Britten Petrey, Lindsey Rakosnik, Chloe Schmidt, Kim Seger and Hanna Winter.

A Look at the Competition
The Orange and Blue will be welcoming the University of Missouri to the UI Arboretum. In the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s preseason poll, the Illini are ranked eighth in the Midwest Region and the Tigers are fifth. The Illinois XC Club will also be competing at the event.

Last Year at the Challenge
Illinois won the 2013 Illini Challenge with a perfect score of 15 points. Alyssa Schneider set the pace for the Illini, claiming the individual title with a time of 14:24. Amanda Fox (14:55), Chloe Schmidt (15:00) and Natalie Wynn (15:05) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Audrey Blazek rounded out the top five for the Orange and Blue, crossing the line in 15:34 to finish seventh.

2013 Illini Challenge - Illinois Results
1. Alyssa Schneider, 14:24
2. Katie Porada (unattached), 14:36
3. Amanda Fox, 14:55
4. Chloe Schmidt, 15:00
5. Natalie Wynn, 15:05
7. Audrey Blazek, 15:34
8. Michelle Frigo, 15:44
10. Valerie Bobart, 15:48
11. Kim Seger, 15:51
12. Lindsey Rakosnik, 15:57
13. Hanna Winter, 15:58
14. Megan Lemersal, 15:59
15. Rachel Irion, 16:14
16. Ellie Palacios, 16:22

2013 Illini Challenge - Team Results
2. Illinois XC Club 50

Up Next
The Illini will head to Normal, Illinois on Friday, September 12th for a dual meet with Illinois State.