Women's Cross Country, Track & Field
Small Squad to Compete at Hoosier Invitational

Rachel Irion will be one of five Illini to compete at the Hoosier Invitational on Friday.
Rachel Irion will be one of five Illini to compete at the Hoosier Invitational on Friday.

Nov. 1, 2012

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Five Fighting Illini women's cross country runners will head to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosier Invitational on Friday. The women's 5K race will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT.

"The group which is going to the Hoosier Invitational this weekend looks good. Two of them are coming off running at the Big Ten Championships last weekend. It's not a team scored event, so I'm looking for this group to get out well and run like they're capable of doing."

The Illini will run a small group of five to the Hoosier Invitational, three of which are underclassmen. The group will be led by senior Meagan Hynes and junior Rachel Irion who are both coming off competing in their first Big Ten Championships last weekend, both narrowly setting a new personal-best 6K time. Two weeks ago sophomore Colette Falsey captured the Illinois Open title and lead the Illini for the second time in her career. Also running on Friday are junior Amanda Zamora and freshman Michelle Frigo.

Senior Courtney Yaeger led the Illini and solidified herself as one of the best cross country runners in Illinois history, as the Fighting Illini finished ninth at the Big Ten Championships at the Forest Akers East Golf Course. The Illini posted four personal-bests including three from scoring runners.

Yaeger, who timed 20:34, was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree for the first time in her career. Her time placed her fifth on the top-10 list in school history. Redshirt-freshman Alyssa Schneider (20:56) finished second on the team and 22nd overall, beating her 6K personal best by nearly a minute and just outside the top-10 all time at Illinois.

Freshman Amanda Fox crossed the finish line next for the squad, nearly setting a new personal-best with a time of 21:35 in her Big Ten Championships debut. Junior Katie Porada (21:38) finished fourth for the Illini, 62nd overall, improving her place at the conference meet from last year and set a new career-best time at the 6K distance. Senior Madeline Aufmann (22:11) rounded out the scoring for the team with a 82nd place finish overall.

Chloe Schmidt finished next with a 6K time of 22:18, followed by Lindsey Rakosnik who posted another Illinois personal-best with a time of 22:31. Meagan Hynes (22:41) and Rachel Irion (22:50) also competed for the Orange and Blue in their Big Ten Championships debut.

Next week the Illini will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Springfield, Mo.