Sept. 12, 2013
Boilermaker Invite Preview | Coach Jones Interview
Friday, Sept. 13 (5:00 p.m.) - 6K race
Boilermaker Cross Country Course // West Lafayette, Ind.
The Fighting Illini women's cross country team will be back in action this Friday, Sept. 13, when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Boilermaker Invitational. The 6K race will take place at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course, the site of the 2013 Big Ten Championships, and begin at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Coach Jones on the Meet
"This is an important meet for us," said Jones. "It will be our first time traveling, so we need to develop a comfort level with that. We'll be running a 6K race for the first time, and there will be a signifcant level of competition there since this is the Big Ten preview meet. We will give ourselves an opportunity to compete against Big Ten competition and see how we stack up."
focused on that. We're going to be prepared to do what we need to do."
Illini Set to Run
14 Illini are slated to run on Friday, including Illini Challenge champion Alyssa Schneider, senior Stephanie Morgan, junior Chloe Schmidt, sophomores Amanda Fox, Michelle Frigo, Lindsey Rakosnik, and Natalie Wynn, and freshmen Valerie Bobart, Audrey Blazek, Megan Lemersal, Ellie Palacios, Kim Seger, and Hanna Winter. Redshirt-sophomore Britten Petrey will be making her season debut.
A Look at the Competition
The Orange and Blue will compete against four other Big Ten schools, as Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio State will be joining the Illini on the Boilermaker Cross Country Course.
Last Time Out
Two weeks ago, the Illini opened up the season by winning the Illini Challenge. The team scored 15 points and was led by Alyssa Schneider, who won the individual title with a 4K time of 14:24. Amanda Fox finished third overall with a time of 14:55, while Chloe Schmidt (15:00) and Natalie Wynn (15:05) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Audrey Blazek made her collegiate debut, crossing the finish line seventh overall with a time of 15:34, while Michelle Frigo (15:44) and Valerie Bobart (15:48) rounded out the top-10, finishing eighth and 10th, respectively.
Kim Seger finished 11th in her first meet as an Illini, finishing with a time of 15:51, while Lindsey Rakosnik (15:57), Hanna Winter (5:58) and Megan Lemersal (15:59) finished right behind. Rachel Irion finished 15th with a time of 16:14, while Ellie Palacios (16:22) finished her first collegiate meet in 16th place. Katie Porada ran unattached in the meet, placing second overall with a personal best 4K time of 14:36.
The Orange and Blue will have three weeks off before they travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational on October 4th.