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Illini Prepare for Stacked Ed Nuttycombe Invite

Illini Prepare for Stacked Ed Nuttycombe Invite

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

Fresh off a week off from competition, the Illinois cross country team will be heading up to Madison, Wisconsin, for the ninth annual Ed Nuttycombe Invite. The event — set for Friday, Oct. 13 — will be one of the more competitive meets for both the men and women’s teams so far and may be one of ...

Davis Reflects on sub-24:00 performance at Greater Louisville Classic

Davis Reflects on sub-24:00 performance at Greater Louisville Classic

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois cross country runner Jon Davis may have finished in 12th place with a time of 23 minutes and 43 seconds at the Greater Louisville Classic, but he finished in fourth in the Illinois record books. Davis' time is thirty seconds faster than his previous race at Beantown (24:13), and is the fa...

Reiser finishes first; Illini shine at Beantown

Reiser finishes first; Illini shine at Beantown

By Jared Farmer, Contributing writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Illinois men's cross-country finished second behind No. 3 Syracuse while the women's team took 13th. Junior Jesse Reiser had the top time for the Illini in the 2017 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown 8,000-meter race Friday, finishing with a time of 24:12. Sophomore Jon Davis finished one second ...

Men’s cross-country runs away from competition at Indiana State

Men’s cross-country runs away from competition at Indiana State

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

As expected within the program prior to the meet, Illinois men’s cross-country took care of business Saturday, winning the John McNichols Invite, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Indiana, behind strong performances from the six-man roster. Redshirt junior Zack Smith led the way, finishing with a...

Men’s cross country wins John McNichols Invite

Men’s cross country wins John McNichols Invite

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

September 11, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

Four Illinois runners placed in the top five at the John McNichols Invite on Saturday, which helped the team to a first place finish. The Illini posted a score of 22 points, 32 lower than runner-up and host Indiana State. Redshirt junior Zack Smith took second place overall and led the Illini with...

The Illini are ready to go back-to-back

The Illini are ready to go back-to-back

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

August 27, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

The 2017 men’s cross country team looks a lot like last season’s squad, with a few adjustments. Take away two of 2016’s top seven NCAA qualifiers, and add a summer’s worth of strength training, and you have this fall’s magic formula. A mixture of experience and skill that 2016 Midwest Region...

Men’s cross-country has record-breaking season

Men’s cross-country has record-breaking season

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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...

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