Our Illinois College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in Springfield, Illinois on Saturday, October 19. Benedictine University in Springfield was the host of this very cold and wet meet. The women’s race began at 10 a.m. and men’s race began at 10:45 am. The course set for the competitors was a challenging one. Most of the course was on a single wide trail full of logs, branches, stumps, etc. and the course was muddy from rain the night before.
When the air horn went off for the women’s race at 10 a.m. it was a cool 50 degrees. Many women slipped, but no one fell. When the scores were tallied for each team it came down to a tie for first place. To break the tie, the teams’ sixth place runners were taken in account for scoring which resulted the IC women winning with a score of 52. This is the third year in a row that our IC women’s cross country team has won the Benedictine University in Springfield Invite.
The top performers for the IC women were Ana Flores who finished second with a time of 20:39.04 and Jill Friedrich in sixth with a time of 22:11.37. Natalie Flynn (22:25.46) finished 11th, Taylor Klingele (23:07.90) was 16th, Skye Mibbs (23:32.54) was 17th, Kayla Kolis (23:50.56) was 18th and Faith Irvin (26:35.82) was 32nd.
The men’s team had to run through the trail twice in their 8k race. Three men from IC placed in the top 10, Sam Welbourne with a time of 29:42.12 to take seventh place, Tim Southerland with a time of 30:06.13 in eighth place, and Josh Williams with a time of 30:24.86 and took tenth place. With the team’s great effort they placed third place with a score of 67.
The rest of the team also performed quite well with Adam Enz (31:19.58) in 20th, Zach Yoggerst (31:34.26) in 22nd, Matt Murphy (32:01.23) in 26th, Shane Blackley (32:01.52) in 27th, Lex Smith (32:21.45) in 28th, Taylor Caputo (32:33.91) in 29th and Dan Lewis (35:37.01) in 45th.
With both of these great efforts by Illinois College’s cross country teams, Illinois College should expect to hear more about the success of both cross country teams. They are bringing home championships and competing at a high level. They hope to be at their best when they compete at the Midwest Conference Championships in Grinnel on November 2.