Sophomore Katie Porada cut 1:25 seconds off her personal-best 6K, finishing fourth for the Illini at the Orange and Blue Preview.
Sept. 16, 2011
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois women's cross country team came in second at the Orange and Blue Preview on Friday. In running just two races this season, sophomore Meghan Frigoled the Illini for the second time in her career and finished seventh overall, helping the Illini to 49 team points. Four of the nine runners recorded new 6K personal records.
"We wanted to go and try and run hard on this course," cross country head coach Jeremy Rasmussensaid. "Having four people come out and set personal-bests, that is great. However, we have a lot of work to do. Today was an eye opener in that we have many things to improve upon but within the next six weeks we will be better. We have to grow everyday."
Frigo cut one minute and 19 seconds off her previous personal 6K record mark from last year's Bradley Classic. The Elmhurst, Ill., native ran well, posting a 6K time of 21:27 on the Illini's home course, used for the conference championship meet later next month.
"Megan did a good job," Rasmussen said. "She was one that really stayed engaged the entire time and pushed herself the whole way. She is going to always be consistent for us as a team."
Junior Madeline Aufmann recorded her second top 10 finish of the season by finishing second for the Orange and Blue and 10th overall, setting a new personal-best time of 21:48. Next, Britten Petrey(21:56) was the first freshman to cross the line and placed 11th overall and third for the Illini.
Sophomore Katie Porada trimmed one minute and 25 seconds off her personal-best 6K time from the Bradley Classic last season and finished fourth for the team and 14th overall. Freshmen Colette Falsey (22:13) and Chloe Schmidt(22:30) followed near behind, finishing 15th and 16th.
Junior Meagan Hynesalso recorded a new personal-best 6K time from a year ago, cutting 28 seconds off her previous mark. The Naperville, Ill., native crossed the finish line at 22:45 and rounded out the Illinois scoring, placing 20th overall.
Danielle Tauro of Michigan won the race in 20:19, followed closely by her teammate Rebecca Addison. The Wolverines won the team competition with a score of 15 points and the top six runners to finish the race.
The Illini will travel to Chicago, Ill., next Saturday, Oct. 1 to compete in the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, starting at 11:15 a.m. CT.
7. Meghan Frigo 21:27
10. Madeline Aufmann 21:48
11. Britten Petrey 21:56
14. Katie Porada 22:09
15. Colette Falsey 22:13
16. Chloe Schmidt 22:30
20. Meagan Hynes 22:45
22. Stacy Hague 23:02
26. Megumi Hoshi 23:25
1. Michigan 15
2. ILLINOIS 49
3. Wisconsin 83