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Men’s cross-country has record-breaking season

Men’s cross-country has record-breaking season

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 8, 2017
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's cross-country team had a bit of a rocky start and faced a large slump in the middle, but Illinois finished better than any Illini cross-country team in the past 30 years. The Illini started off their season with smaller meets like the Hawkeye Invite, where they placed third out...

Illini make NCAA tournament; first time in 30 years

Illini make NCAA tournament; first time in 30 years

Tatiana Perry, Staff writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s cross country team rebounded from a mid-season slump by having the best season finish in the past 30 years. The Illini started off their season with smaller meets consisting of four to nine teams, including the Hawkeye Invitational and the Bluegrass Invite. Toward the end of th...

Illinois to combine track and field and cross-country programs

Illinois to combine track and field and cross-country programs

The Daily Illini sports staff
November 28, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Track & Field, Track & Field, Uncategorized, Women's Sports

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman in a press release announced that the Illinois men's and women's cross-country and indoor and outdoor track teams will be combined under one coaching staff. The decision will take effect following the completion of the 2017 outdoor track and field season. Before...

Illinois men’s cross-country places 23rd at NCAA Championships

Illinois men’s cross-country places 23rd at NCAA Championships

Tatiana Perry, Staff writer
November 19, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The Illinois men's cross-country team placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, ending a 30-year championship appearance drought. Northern Arizona and Stanford took the top two spots, respectively Senior Dylan Lafond made his second consecutive trip to the championships, finishing first...

Illinois men’s cross-country heads to NCAA Championship for first time in 30 years

Illinois men’s cross-country heads to NCAA Championship for first time in 30 years

Tatiana Perry, Contributing writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Teams like Iowa State and Wisconsin make an appearance at the men's cross-country NCAA Championships pretty regularly, but for Illinois it has been 30 years. In 1986, seven young men made the trip to Tuscan, Arizona, for the championships. Although it was 30 years ago, Illini alum Dr. Paul Kivela, who now l...

Illini of the Week Nov. 16: Dylan Lafond

Illini of the Week Nov. 16: Dylan Lafond

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
November 16, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

Dylan Lafond's love affair with running began in high school in New Hampshire. It blossomed at University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, and by the time he became an Illini, his passion for running was undeniable. The East Coast native took up running as a hobby in high school, and he quickly...

Illinois men’s cross-country ends 30-year NCAA Championships drought

Illinois men’s cross-country ends 30-year NCAA Championships drought

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
November 14, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

For the past 30 years, the Illinois men's cross-country team has been striving to make the NCAA Championships race. This year, the Illini did. After placing third at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, the team had to wait to see if it qualified for an at-large bid to the Championship...

Men’s cross-country prepares for Midwest regionals

Men’s cross-country prepares for Midwest regionals

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's cross-country team will be looking to qualify as a team to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1986. The Illini return to the Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City, Iowa, for the NCAA Midwest Regionals this weekend as the key to that breakthrough. The team took...

Illini of the Week for Nov. 3: Dylan Lafond

Illini of the Week for Nov. 3: Dylan Lafond

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
November 2, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports

From competing in the Olympic trials to running the fastest 8k time in Illinois men's cross-country history, Dylan Lafond does not see running as a sport but rather a lifestyle. The senior has spent the bulk of his life engrossed in running, and his hard work shines through the Illinois record books....

Illinois men’s cross-country finishes sixth at the Big Ten Championships

Illinois men’s cross-country finishes sixth at the Big Ten Championships

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
October 31, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

Senior Dylan Lafond finished 10th for the Illinois men's cross country team at the Big Ten Championships this weekend. Lafond received his second career All-Big Ten honor with a time of 24 minutes and 56 seconds in the 8k race. With 126 points, Illinois placed sixth overall, only three points...

Men’s cross-county heads to Minnesota for Big Ten Championships

Men’s cross-county heads to Minnesota for Big Ten Championships

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
October 28, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's cross-country team will revisit a Minneapolis course Sunday for the Big Ten Championships. The Illini competed in the Roy Griak Invitational last September, taking 10th place out of 29 teams. "This year, it’s a much more challenging course," head coach Jake Stewart said. "We s...

Men’s cross-country wraps up regular season at the Illini Open

Men’s cross-country wraps up regular season at the Illini Open

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
October 24, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

When the starting gun went off at the Illini Open on Friday, junior Garret Lee immediately took the lead. He maintained that pace for the Illinois men's cross-country team for two laps. However, near the end of his final lap, Lee slipped into second behind the unattached Daniel Gagne. "I put...

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